OVIEDO, FL (WCMH) — Police say the woman used Halloween lights to strangle her 1-year-old daughter to death.
According to WKMG, Kristen DePasquale called 911 operators frantically saying while she was in the shower, her 2-year-old son used Halloween lights to hurt her 1-year-old daughter.
However, police say DePasquale’s story isn’t adding up and a medical examiner said that an adult-type force was applied to the little girl’s neck for more than four minutes before she died.
DePasquale’s public defender said the mother is devastated and struggling to deal with what happened.
“She’s very upset. She’s lost a child. The child that she loved. She was the mother of two children. She loved her children very much and she’s lost one of her children. She’s very upset about that,” Public Defender Timothy Caudill told WKMG.
The other child is currently staying with other family members.