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Authorities say girl, 5, was strangled; mom’s bail raised

July 30, 2018

This photo provided by Wapello County (Iowa) Jail shows Kelsie Thomas. Wapello County records say Thomas is charged with first-degree murder and is being held in Wapello County Jail. Police and medics were sent July 19, 2018 to check an unresponsive child at Thomas' home in Ottumwa. The child was pronounced dead later at a hospital. Her mother was arrested Thursday. (Wapello County (Iowa) Jail via AP)

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — The state medical examiner’s office says a 5-year-old southeast Iowa girl found unresponsive in her home was strangled.

The office also said in a news release Monday that Cloe Chandler’s death was a homicide.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has said that 22-year-old Kelsie Thomas told investigators that she killed her daughter. Wapello County court records say Thomas has been charged with first-degree murder. Her bail originally was set at $100,000 but has been raised to $500,000, cash only.

Police and medics were sent July 19 to Thomas’ home in Ottumwa. The child was pronounced dead later at a hospital. Her mother was arrested Thursday.

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