Cassandra Du allegedly strangled her mother ‘like a python’

Cassandra DuSold mugshot

Cassandra DuSold (via Scott County (Minn.) Jail)

A 33-year-old Minnesota woman has been charged with murder after allegedly admitting to killing her mother by squeezing her “like a python” until she died. She reported that her mother attacked her.

Cassandra DuSoldof New Market Township, initially told police that she and her mother, 69 years old Dorothy DuSoldate and watched movies together at home on January 19, according to a report by CBS’s local affiliate WCCO.

Cassandra said she went to the kitchen to get tea, the WCCO report said, citing a criminal complaint accusing her of second-degree murder. She told police she heard a loud noise and then found her mother on the bedroom floor.

That’s when she called 911 and said her mother wasn’t breathing, according to WCCO

Fire department personnel found Dorothy lying on the ground with no pulse and performed first aid, the report said. Cassandra was said to be the only person at home at the time.

According to a report in Minneapolis Star TribuneThe complaint says medical staff caring for Dorothy at home and at the hospital said she had “significant bruising” around her eyes.

They also noted wounds on other parts of Dorothy’s face, blood on the back of her head and out of her ears, a scratch on her left upper chest, and a slight bruise on one shoulder. Star Tribune the report said.

Cassandra soon changed her story, however, and told detectives that she was the one who attacked her mother, according to Star Tribune.

Cassandra allegedly told police that Dorothy “met her with a claw” and scratched an arm, Star Tribune the report said. Cassandra then put Dorothy in a tight spot, saw she was bleeding, and called 911, according to reports.

Cassandra allegedly said that when Dorothy attacked, “her brain was disabled,” WCCO reported. Cassandra allegedly told police that she placed her mother in a suffocation and “squeezed like a python so hard that she injured her ribs,” according to the WCCO story.

The Star Tribune says that both Cassandra and Dorothy fell to the floor.

Cassandra allegedly told police, according to WCCO.

“What happened is not right,” the complaint quoted her daughter, according to Star Tribune. “It’s not right at all.”

According to the WCCO, the complaint says that Cassandra said she felt “horrible” about what happened and that she “absolutely knows right from wrong.”

Dorothy was taken to the hospital, and on Saturday she was declared brain dead and not on life support, Star Tribune the report said.

Cassandra was arrested at the scene, Star Tribune reported. Release records show she remains in custody on a $1 million bond and is facing charges of second-degree murder.

Dorothy’s Survivors Include Doug DuSoldthe Star Tribune story said. He is listed as Vice Chairman of the New Town Supervisory Board.

The Star Tribune reported that Cassandra has set a court date for Friday. Court records do not list an attorney for her, Star Tribune speak.

[Image via Scott County (Minn.) Jail.]

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