- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island woman charged with killing her disabled daughter has been offered a plea deal that would put her behind bars for 12 years.

Veronica Cirella was offered the manslaughter deal Wednesday at a hearing held before a judge decides if some evidence can be used at trial.

Cirella faced up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.

Eight-year-old Julie, who had cerebral palsy, was found dead in July 2011. Cirella was found semiconscious nearby with a cord around her neck.

Authorities allege Cirella fed her M&Ms; despite Julie’s peanut allergy.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1CsxeYz ) says her attorney declined to comment on the plea offer. He says a medical examiner found no peanut residue in her body and determined she died from an asthma attack.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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