Authorities say woman used pajama pants to strangle daughter


February 14th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — A September trial has been scheduled for an Iowa woman accused of using pajama pants to strangle her 5-year-old daughter. Wapello County District Court records say 23-year-old Kelsie Thomas, of Ottumwa, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. Her trial start is set to start Sept. 10. Police and medics were sent July 19 to Thomas’ home in Ottumwa after a 911 call. Her daughter, Cloe Thomas, was pronounced dead later at a hospital. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has said Kelsie Thomas told investigators that she killed Cloe.