Long Island mother pleads guilty to killing allergic daughter with peanut M&M’s

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MINEOLA, New York - A New York mother pleaded guilty to killing her daughter, who was allergic to peanuts. Officials say she fed the 8-year-old disabled girl peanut M&M's in 2011.

According to PIX 11, Veronica Cirella, 34, faces a charge of first-degree manslaughter and the sentence is expected to be 12 years. She is set to appear in court on June 30.

The girl, Julie, was found by her uncle the day she was supposed to be in his wedding. Julie had cerebral palsy and was found unconscious, along with her mother, who had a wire wrapped around her neck.

Cirella claimed she gave Julie Benadryl and used her Epi-pen. Authorities found no Benadryl or Epi-pen contents in her system and she was pronounced dead on scene.

Cirella also wrote a suicide note with the intention to kill Julie.

In court, she admitted to performing an act with the intention to cause serious physical injury to her daughter and that that act caused the death of her daughter.

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