OVIEDO, Fla. (CNN) – A mother is accused of strangling her one-year-old daughter to death with a string of Halloween lights.
Police say the mother claims to have found the girl unresponsive after taking a shower, but investigators say her story doesn’t add up.
“My kids were out here playing and I came out and her like, her um, the um, from the, I have the Halloween lights and it was wrapped around her neck. I was gone for two seconds,” Mother Kristen Depasquale said on a 911 recording.
On a 911 call placed into Oviedo Police, 27-year-old Kristen Depasquale is heard frantically telling dispatchers, as her dog barks in the background, that her other 2-year-old son harmed her 1-year-old daughter Mia while she was out of the room.
“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 said.
Caudill says after her court appearance she’s devastated and struggling to deal with what happened.
Police say the medical examiner determined an adult type force placed pressure onto little Mia’s neck for a least four minutes before she died.
“I’m trying to do mouth to mouth and she’s not waking up,” Kristen said on the 911 tape. “I don’t know what to do! Oh my god!”
Her other child is currently staying with family.
Depasquale said she heard her son apologizing for hurting his sister.
The father of the children is in prison on unrelated charges.