Trial date set for Havasu father of dead toddler

January 9, 2019 GMT

A Havasu man accused in the death of his 2-year-old daughter will stand trial this November on charges of first-degree murder.

Andrew J. Lamorie, 22, was arrested in January 2018 on charges of felony child abuse, aggravated assault, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after Lake Havasu City Police and paramedics responded to his home. There, officials found Lamorie’s youngest daughter, Gabriella Lamorie, unconscious and barely breathing.

Gabriella was transported from the scene by paramedics, and was later flown to a Las Vegas hospital for emergency medical treatment. She survived for three days, according to the police report, having suffered multiple brain contusions, bruising to her face and head, signs of intestinal trauma and bleeding in her brain. Allegedly severe malnutrition resulted in the victim being about half the size of an average 2-year-old child, the report said, and medical staff told Lake Havasu City Police detectives that even if she lived, she would never lead a normal life.

Gabriella Lamorie was disconnected from life support on Jan. 14, 2018. Lamorie and the child’s mother, 25-year-old Havasu resident Brittany Rodriquez, were charged with first degree murder.

Rodriquez allegedly informed detectives when questioned that she as well as her daughter were the victims of physical abuse by Lamorie, and that Lamorie would often “punish” Gabriella Lamorie by “spanking” her on her head with his open hand. According to the police report, Rodriquez told detectives she should have done more to protect her daughter from Lamorie.

Both suspects awaited details from the Clarke County coroner’s office as to the exact cause of the victim’s death, which was determined in early December. While Mohave County prosecutors asserted that Gabriella Lamorie’s cause of death was starvation while charging Rodriquez with murder, the autopsy results showed the cause to have been blunt head and neck trauma, although severe malnutrition was cited as a significant health factor at the time of death.

Andrew Lamorie and Brittany Rodriquez were each offered plea agreements last year by the Mohave County Attorney’s Office, in which they would plead guilty to charges of second-degree murder, bearing a 25-year sentence without the possibility of release. As of Tuesday, both declined that agreement.

Lamorie remains in custody at Mohave County Jail on $1 million bond. He is next scheduled to appear in Mohave County Superior Court March 11 for a pre-trial conference. His trial date has been set for Nov. 5.

Rodriquez remains in custody at Mohave County Jail on $250,000 bond. Her trial date is also Nov. 5.