Iowa girl, 5, died from strangulation; mother arrested for murder
WHO / Iowa DCI
Kelsie Thomas, Cloe Chandler

By Dan Hendrickson, WHO

OTTUMWA, Iowa -- (WHO) -- Five-year-old Cloe Chandler was strangled to death in an Ottumwa home, according to the State Medical Examiner’s office.

On Monday the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner posted: “An autopsy was performed at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner on the body of Cloe Chandler on July 23, 2018, by Michele Catellier, M.D., who determined the cause of death to be Ligature Strangulation. The manner of death will be certified as Homicide.”

Last week, police were called to a home in the 100 block of James Street on a report of an unresponsive child. Five-year-old Cloe Chandler was then taken to Ottumwa Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. On Thursday, her mother, 22-year-old Kelsie Thomas, confessed to police that she killed her daughter.

FULL STORY: Coroner’s Report: Five-Year-Old Cloe Chandler Died from ‘Strangulation’ - WHO