Mom accused of using Halloween lights to strangle baby to death

Kristen DePasquale

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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