A Minnesota woman claimed her mother “met her with claws” so she put the elderly woman in a chokehold and "squeezed" her “like a python,” police said in a criminal complaint.
On Jan. 19, Cassandra A. DuSold, 34, called 911 around 12:25 p.m. and reported her mother had stopped breathing. Emergency responders rushed to the family’s New Market Township home, where they found 69-year-old Dorothy DuSold lying on the floor in the master bedroom.
The daughter told authorities she and her mother had been eating breakfast and watching a movie together in the bedroom. “She went to the kitchen and then heard a thud,” she initially alleged, according to the complaint. “When she got back to the room, her mom was on the floor and she called 911” and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Emergency responders noted Dorothy DuSold had “significant bruising” around her eyes, scratches to her chest and nose, bruising on a shoulder and blood coming out of her ears and on the back of her head, the complaint states.
“Deputies spoke again with Cassandra DuSold, who admitted she hadn't been honest and stated her mom attacked her, showing scratches on her bicep,” the complaint states.
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“She told deputies her mom attacked her, so she put her mother in a chokehold, at which point her mom ‘met her with claws’” and so she “put her right arm around her mom's neck in a ‘V’ shape and then did the same with her left arm, then she ‘squeezed like a python so hard that it made her ribs hurt,’” Bring Me the News reported, citing the complaint.
The pair, according to the complaint, fell to the ground and the daughter “then realized her mom was bleeding and realized what she was doing, so she called 911.”
Officers wrote that Cassandra DuSold allegedly told them that “it's not right what transpired” and felt “f***ing terrible” since she “fully knows right from wrong.”
DuSold was declared brain dead and passed away at M Health Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville after she was removed from life support three days after the alleged attack.
Police charged Cassandra DuSold with second-degree murder and she was being held on $1 million bail.
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