Florida mom accused of strangling 13-year-old son inside St. Cloud home facing murder charge

A Florida woman accused of strangling her 13-year-old son in his bed will remain behind bars.

On Tuesday, Jasmin Kennedy, 37, appeared before a judge who ordered that she be held without bond.

Osceola County deputies found the boy dead on a bed inside a home in St. Cloud on Monday around 7:30 a.m., and the boy's mother allegedly admitted to killing him, Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said during a news conference on Monday.

Kennedy admitted to first responders and deputies on the scene that she had choked her son and killed him, he said.

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Kennedy was charged with domestic battery by strangulation, aggravated child abuse, and child neglect following her arrest. After consulting with the Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office added a charge of premeditated first-degree murder.

Sheriff Lopez said Kennedy is cooperating with detectives. She has not, however, said why she allegedly killed her son.

Watch Sheriff Marcos Lopez's press conference

The sheriff's office said the woman lived with her mom and her mom's boyfriend inside the home, as well as her 5-year-old son. Sheriff Lopez said a family member called 911 Monday morning, but he did not elaborate on which family member made the call.

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