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Woman Indicted in the Murder of Her Daughter at Manhattanville College
The Westchester County mother accused of killing her daughter at Manhattanville College has been indicted. Thirty-eight-year-old Stacey Pagli is now formally charged with one count of second-degree murder in the strangulation of 18-year-old Marissa Pagli in the family's campus apartment on February 22nd.
Prosecutors say Stacey Pagli returned home after dropping off her 3 year old daughter at daycare and got into an argument with her daughter Marissa, a Manhattanville freshman. Officials allege the argument became physical resulting in Stacey Pagli strangling her daughter to death and attempting to take her own life by cutting her left wrist and hanging herself on a doorknob.
The Westchester County District Atttorney's office says the killing was discovered by her husband, John Pagli, an employee of the college, at approximately 12:15 p.m.
The indictment unsealed yesterday details a possible motive for the killing. After her arrest, Pagli told detectives that she got upset after
her daughter became "Rude and disrespectful" to her. She says she became
so enraged, she choked her daughter until she died.
Stacey Pagli faces a maximum of 25 years to life in state prison. She has been remanded to the Westchester county jail.
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