N.Y. murder suspect attempts suicide again

Associated Press / February 26, 2010

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A woman accused of strangling her daughter apparently tried to kill herself with socks yesterday while on suicide watch, a Westchester County spokeswoman said.

Stacy Pagli, 37, had also attempted suicide after the strangling Monday, police said.

At about 8 a.m. yesterday, in her cell at Westchester County Jail, Pagli took off her socks and wrapped them around her neck in an apparent suicide attempt, said Donna Greene, county spokeswoman. She said Pagli was lying down at the time.

Jail guards interrupted her, and she was uninjured, Greene said. She was taken to the emergency room at Westchester Medical Center as a precaution.

“She’s fine,’’ Greene said.

Pagli was charged Wednesday in the death of her daughter, Marissa, 18, a freshman, in their apartment on the campus of Manhattanville College in Purchase. Stacey Pagli had attempted suicide and was unconscious when her husband, a college maintenance worker, discovered the girl’s body, police said.

Police would not say how Stacey Pagli tried to kill herself Monday. At her arraignment Wednesday, however, she had a bandage on her left wrist.

Tim Ward, Westchester County prosecutor, asked the arraignment judge to order a suicide watch for Pagli because “she definitely has attempted to kill herself.’’

No motive for the strangling has been made public.