Mom charged in connection to death of LI girl

July 24, 2011 3:17:08 PM PDT
A woman found unconscious next to the body of her 8-year-old daughter has been charged with manslaughter in connection to the child's death.

Nassau County Police Officer James Imperiale says Veronica Cirella is scheduled to be arraigned at her bedside at a local hospital.

The 31-year-old was taken there after authorities found her in the basement of her Plainview home on Saturday afternoon.

Police said she had a cord wrapped around her neck.

Her daughter, 8-year-old Julie Cirella, was lying on a mattress.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said the child was believed to have cerebral palsy.

She was supposed to be a flower girl in her cousin's wedding. Cause of death is pending.