PURCHASE, N.Y. (WPIX)—The mother of a Manhattanville College student has officially been charged with strangling her daughter to death in the family's home, police announced Wednesday.
According to officials, Stacey Pagli, 37, was charged with second degree murder in the death of her daughter, Marissa Pagli, 18, on Monday. Authorities say after Stacey Pagli strangled the teen, she attempted to take her own life.
The victim, who lived in faculty housing with her parents, was found dead in the on campus residence at about 12:15 p.m. Monday by her father, John Pagli, a college maintenance worker.
Harrison police say John Pagli's wife, Stacey, was found unconscious and rushed to White Plains Hospital Center. Authorities did not immediately disclose how she attempted suicide.
According to reports, the family had been arguing over the weekend.
Harrison Police Capt. Anthony Maraccini would not disclose Stacey Pagli's involvement in the crime, but did say that the father is not a suspect.
In a statement, the President of Manhattanville College wrote, "We are shocked and saddened by the death today of one of our students, whose family has been part of our community for many years. Our hearts go out to all who have been touched by this loss."
Medical officials are awaiting an autopsy report in order to determine an official cause of death.