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Autopsy report: “Cause of death is homicide”

 

LAKE HAVASU CITY - An autopsy has determined that a Lake Havasu City toddler had suffered brain injuries and was emaciated when she died at a Las Vegas hospital last Jan. The near 27-month-old Gabriella Lamorie weighed just 14 pounds at the time of her death at University Medical Center according to the Clark County Corner's office report.

Gabriella's parents Brittany Rodriquez, 25, and Andew Lamorie, 22, are charged with first degree murder. Medical analysis was unable to corroborate Rodriquez' statement to authorities that the toddler possibly suffered from a thyroid condition that might explain her thin condition.

“The cause of death is blunt force head and neck trauma with severe malnutrition listed as another significant condition," forensic pathologist Jennifer Corneal wrote in her autopsy report. “The cause of death is homicide."

Police reports indicate that Lamorie told investigators that he had placed Gabriella in "timeout" in a closet and that he found her limp and non-responsive when he checked on her on Jan. 11. Gabriela died three days later when life support was withdrawn at the Las Vegas hospital.

The defendants are held in the Mohave County jail awaiting trial.

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