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Aunt arrested in hot car death of 2-year-old in Destrehan

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Posted at 9:40 AM, Oct 16, 2019

The aunt of a 2-year-old child who died after being left in a hot car in Destrehan has been arrested.

According to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, Lezly Sanabria was booked on Tuesday, October 15 with negligent homicide in connection with the death of her neice, Avril Sanabria, on October 4.

The girl had reportedly been left inside a vehicle for six hours after going shopping with her aunt and grandmother in Metairie.

Deputies say that upon returning home from shopping the grandmother returned to her residence while Lezly and another person, who was not identified, unloaded items from the vehicle.

After unloading the vehicle, the two went into Lezly's residence.

Six hours after entering the residence, deputies say Lezly returned to her vehicle and discovered the child still buckled into her car seat, unconscious and not breathing.

Deputies say that Lezly allegedly told them that she thought the girl had gone with her grandmother who lives in a separate home on the same property.

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office says that temperatures on October 4 reached as high as 97 degrees with a heat index of 102. Temperatures inside the car may have reached temperatures of 125-140, according to research.

Lezly Sanabria was booked into the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center in Killona, La.