2-month-old died while mom was on drinking binge, prosecutors say
Corrina Atuatasi, 27, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury to a child under the age of 5. She faces 12 years in prison if convicted, Orange County prosecutors said.
Atuatasi allegedly left her 2-month-old child in her apartment while she went outside to smoke a cigarette and to a neighbor's apartment for drinks.
Prosecutors said the mother later returned and retrieved her son, put him in a car seat and carried him to the neighbor's apartment, where she continued drinking for several hours, leaving the baby in a bedroom in the car seat, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.
After Atuatasi returned home with the baby at about 4 a.m., the boy ended up face-down in a pile of clothing, where he suffocated, authorities said.
About two hours later, Atuatasi allegedly woke up and called 911 to report that she could not find her baby. The child was dead by the time emergency responders arrived.
Atuatasi had a blood alcohol level of .23% -- nearly three times the legal limit -- as of 8 a.m., prosecutors said.
-- Abby Sewell
Photo: Corrina Atuatasi. Credit: Garden Grove Police Department / KTLA-TV