Brittany Rodriguez, 24, has also been charged with child abuse and neglect in the death, Lake Havasu City Police said. Her arrest on January 17th was published in Havasu Scanner Feed’s Arrest Logs prior to the arrest story details going public.
Las Vegas Review-Journal broke the following story:
In a probable cause statement, Lake Havasu City Police Detective Cindy Slack said that at about 9:21 p.m. Jan. 11, Halie LaMorie, the grandmother of the 2-year-old, Gabriella LaMorie, called police.
“I think my granddaughter’s died,” Halie LaMorie reportedly told dispatchers.
Officers rushed to a residence on the 2800 block of Appletree Drive to find the girl, who had been pulled out of a closet, conscious but unresponsive and struggling to breathe. She weighed 22 pounds, half the normal weight for a child that age, the statement added.
“She appeared to be very skinny and malnourished with her rib cage showing,” the statement said.
The statement said Andrew LaMorie [arrested January 11th] told police he put Gabriella into a closet for a timeout after she threw a tantrum over a toy.
Slack said LaMorie said he ate a steak in the kitchen then, when he heard no noise from the closet, returned to check on Gabriella.
He told officers he found his daughter limp on the closet floor. Police Sgt. Tom Gray said the child, who had suffered life-threatening injuries, was taken to a local hospital, then flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas in critical condition.
Gabriella died Jan. 14 after life support was removed, police said.