A Long Island woman has been charged with manslaughter in the death of her eight-year-old disabled daughter and is scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday. A prosecutor said that Veronica Cirella fed her daughter, Julie, food she was allergic to and then tried to take her own life after leaving a note that said her daughter "should die", reports said.
The 30-year-old resident of Plainview was found lying unconscious in her basement with an unidentified object wrapped around her throat. Her daughter's body was discovered next to her. The little girl, who suffered from cerebral palsy, was found dead just two hours before she was to participate in her cousin's wedding as a flower girl.
"There's a wheelchair decorated with flowers in the home. Apparently this 8-year-old girl was supposed to go down the aisle in this fashion," said Nassau County police Detective Lt. Kevin Smith according to Fox News reports.
According to prosecutors Veronica did not follow the necessary protocol for taking care of the allergy.
Cirella was still in the Nassau University Medical Center on Monday afternoon. Her lawyer, Yolanda Guerra, denies the accusations.