Sheriff: Florida mother admits to strangling teen son to death

Posted at 6:33 AM, August 23, 2023

ST. CLOUD, Fla. (Scripps News West Palm Beach/Court TV) — A Central Florida mother admitted that she strangled her teenage son to death Monday, according to investigators.

Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said that deputies responded to a home near St. Cloud at about 7:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call. They later found a 13-year-old boy lying face up in a bed deceased.

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This Aug. 21, 2023 booking photo provided by Osceola County Corrections shows Jasmin Kennedy. (Osceola County Corrections)

While at the scene, 37-year-old Jasmin Kennedy told deputies that she killed her son, Lopez said.

Deputies said she admitted to choking him to death on the bed.

The sheriff’s office said Kennedy is cooperating with the investigation, but it is unclear why she killed her son.

Lopez is currently being held on charges of premediated murder, child neglect with great bodily harm, aggravated child abuse and domestic battery by strangulation, according to jail records.

Lopez said the medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy on the victim to confirm the cause of death. Kennedy may face more charges after that examination is complete.

This story was originally published by Scripps News West Palm Beach, an E.W. Scripps Company.