Saturday, October 24, 2020

Mom ‘strangled daughter, 5, with pajama pants and then claimed she hanged herself’

A mom allegedly confessed to strangling her five-year-old daughter to death, previously told police that her daughter “hung herself while making a swing in her closet.”



On Tuesday, prosecution and defense both rested their case in a retrial of Kelsie Thomas, of Iowa. The case will now be settled by a judge in the bench trail requested by the suspect.




Kelsie Thomas is accused of strangling her five-year-old daughter, Cloe Chandler.


The incident happened inside a home in Ottumwa, Iowa in July 2018, when Thomas allegedly used a pair of pajama pants to strangle her five-year-old daughter, Cloe Chandler.

Police responded to a 911 call at around 3:22pm and found Chandler unresponsive.

The five-year-old was rushed to the hospital where she subsequently passed away.

Thomas initially told investigators that her daughter had accidentally hung herself with her pajama pants while making a swing in her closet.




Kelsie Thomas is facing a mandatory life sentence if convicted of her first-degree murder charge.



Cloe Chandler had graduated from pre-school two months prior to her death.



According to authorities, Thomas allegedly admitted to killing Chandler, who had graduated from pre-school two months before.

“Ms. Thomas, through this walk-through, it did strike me as off that there really wasn’t any emotion involved in this, at this point, we were less than 24 hours from the death of her daughters,” officer Michael Sieren told KTVO.

“And there really wasn’t any emotion involved with this, essentially walking officers and investigators through how she found her daughter dead.”

Medium reported that Thomas allegedly confessed on numerous occasions that she hated her daughter because she began to remind her of her ex, Steven Chandler, who allegedly abused her.



Family members said that when Thomas remarried and had a new baby, she began to ignore the five-year-old.

According to police, Thomas claimed that she woke up from a nap and found Chandler hanging from pajama pants in her closet.

Investigators said the mother’s story began to change once they started questioning her, until she ultimately confessed to strangling her daughter after hours of questioning.

Medical examiners concluded Chandler in fact died by “ligature strangulation," listing her death as a homicide.

The defense, however, argued that Thomas was lured into a false confession due to hours of questioning.

In March, a jury acquitted Thomas of child endangerment – but couldn’t make a unanimous decision on the first-degree murder charge against her.



Thomas’ fate will not be settled by a jury, but instead by a judge in a bench trail.

Both sides have until Nov. 3 to submit written closing arguments before the judge renders a verdict.

Thomas, who has pleaded not guilty, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if found guilty.