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A Missouri mom strangled her 39-year-old daughter and slit her own throat in an apparent botched suicide pact, authorities announced on Tuesday.
Donna Scuderi, 69, told police she gave pills to daughter Laura Scuderi on Friday — then put a bag over Laura’s head and strangled her with a cord once she was unconscious, KMOV reported.
Her daughter had been depressed and wanted to die, so the elder Scuderi looked up suicide on her computer, KMOV said, citing court documents.
St. Peters Police Department charged Scuderi with first degree murder, according to a release from police on Tuesday.
Donna Scuderi’s husband, who was not identified, came home Friday and worked in the basement unaware that his wife and daughter were home until he went upstairs and saw the carnage.
When police arrived, they found the daughter dead and mother in the bathroom, breathing but unconscious and bleeding from her neck, police said.
Donna Scuderi was treated at the hospital but didn’t wake up until two days later, according to The St. Louis Post Dispatch.
A doctor asked if the mom knew why she was there, the publication said, citing documents.
“Euthanasia,” Donna Scuderi said, according to The Post-Dispatch.
“How’s my daughter? I’m sorry. I’m sorry, what’s going to happen?” she later asked a nurse, according to the publication.
Donna Scuderi told cops she tried to commit suicide by putting a bag over her head, but failed. Afterwards, she grabbed some knives from the kitchen, went back upstairs and slit her throat in the bathroom before blacking out, The Post-Dispatch said.
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