An Iowa mother accused of strangling her 5-yr-previous daughter with pajama pants will face a jury trial in September.
Kelsie Ray Thomas, 23, will go to trial for her first-degree homicide cost beginning Sept. 10 in Wapello County. The Ottumwa lady has additionally been charged with baby endangerment leading to dying, a category B felony.
Thomas allegedly used a pair pajama pants July 19, 2018 to choke her daughter, Cloe Chandler, who died from her accidents.
Kelsie R. Thomas (Photograph: Particular to the Register)
Ottumwa police previously stated a 911 call about three:22 p.m. on July 19 introduced officers to Thomas’ residence in the one hundred block of North James Road. The woman was unresponsive; she was taken to an Ottumwa hospital, the place she was pronounced lifeless.
An post-mortem decided Chandler died of ligature strangulation, and her dying was ruled a murder. Thomas was arrested July 26, 2018, after admitting to law enforcement that she killed Chandler, according to a news release from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
The girl’s obituary identifies her as Cloe Marie Chandler. She was born Nov. 11, 2012, in Marshalltown and graduated in May 2018 from the Agassiz preschool in Ottumwa.
“She loved riding her bike, sticker books, sunflowers and everything purple,” the obituary said.
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Thomas, who pleaded not guilty, is being held on a $500,000 bond. A final pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Aug. 26.
Register reporter Stephen Gruber-Miller contributed to this story.
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