THE parents of a 26-year-old woman who allegedly drove a Broadway voice coach to her death could also face charges if police prove they hid their daughter.
Any charge would depend on intent and evidence Lauren Pazienza’His parents knew what they were doing, legal expert Jennifer Rodgers told The Sun.
Pazienza is facing multiple charges including manslaughter, for allegedly knocking Barbara Maier Gustern, 87, to the ground in what appeared to be a random attack in New York City.
After five days in the hospital, Gustern died.
Pazienza was on the run and “made every effort to avoid detection,” according to the criminal complaint.
“When police received a tip that she was hiding at her parents’ Long Island home, her father answered the door but refused to allow detectives access to the premises, claiming his daughter was not home.” , according to the complaint.
Rogers, a Columbia law professor and CNN legal analyst, said her parents could be held liable “if it can be shown that they knew she was wanted by the police and volunteered to help her.”
“But that element of intent is important,” Rogers said.
If they didn’t know what was going on, or the police can’t prove they knew, and she turned herself in shortly thereafter, “I think it’s unlikely the parents will be charged.”
Police visited Pazienza’s parents’ home on March 21, five days after Gustern died in hospital, and her father refused them entry.
The next day – Tuesday, March 22 – she surrendered to the NYPD and was charged with manslaughter and two counts of assault.
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According to the criminal complaint, Pazienza “made every effort to avoid arrest” for 12 days, including deleting all of her social media accounts and wiping her digital fingerprint from the internet.
To be charged with destruction of physical evidence, “prosecutors would need evidence that Pazienza destroyed something that they knew or believed could be used in an official proceeding,” Rogers said.
“It seems quite unlikely that any social media posts following the incident in question will fall into this category, although it will depend on the content of the posts.”
Pazienza allegedly called Barbara a “b***h,” threw her into what appeared to be a random attack, and “quickly walked away, leaving the victim on the ground and bleeding profusely from her head,” according to the criminal complaint.
She was helped by a good Samaritan, but lost consciousness when first responders came to help, the complaint said.
The NYPD said it gave no statements when it surrendered, so what provoked the fatal blow is still unknown.
Her attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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