Media Release from St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office:

Arrest Made for Negligent Homicide of Two-Year-Old Child

On October 4, 2019, just before 8:00 p.m., the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a medical complaint at 494 Carolyn Drive in Destrehan, LA in reference to a child not breathing. Deputies arrived on scene and located a two-year-old female, Avril Sanabria, lifeless inside the residence.

During the investigation, it was learned that the child was left in the custody and care of her aunt, Lezly Sanabria. On October 4, 2019, Lezly and Avril were shopping in Metairie along with Avril’s grandmother. Upon returning home shortly after 1:30 p.m., the grandmother returned to her residence, while Lezly and another subject unloaded items from the vehicle.

After unloading the vehicle, Lezly and the other subject went inside Lezly’s residence, which is a separate home, but on the same property where the grandmother’s residence is located. Lezly stated that she thought the child had gone with her grandmother not realizing that Avril was still inside of the vehicle buckled into her car seat. After approximately (6) six hours, Lezly returned to the vehicle and discovered Avril unconscious and not breathing inside of the car.

Temperature readings collected for St. Charles Parish in the Destrehan area through the National Weather Service during the incident timeframe showed temperatures reaching as high as 97 degrees with a heat index of 102 degrees outside of the vehicle. According to research on the greenhouse effect in vehicles, the inside of a vehicle heats up very quickly. Even if the windows are cracked, the temperature inside a car can reach 125-140 degrees within 10-15 minutes.

Based on the investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Lezly Sanabria for Negligent Homicide.

On October 15, 2019, detectives made contact with Lezly Sanabria at her residence, where she was placed under arrest, transported to the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center in Killona, LA where she was booked accordingly.

[ Return to ]

“Any time there’s a loss of a child, it’s just a very tragic event no matter if it’s by natural means or by accident or by some other means,” he said.