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Police looking for motive after pregnant woman allegedly strangled by stepson

Ian Anselmo’s stepmother was allegedly strangled.
(Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

Florida police were searching for a motive after a man allegedly strangled his pregnant stepmother, in a cemetery last week.

Ian Anselmo, 21, was charged with second-degree attempted murder after he allegedly admitted to killing his stepmother, Sue Ellen Anselmo on Eustis Cemetery in Lake County, the Orlando Sentinel Thursday reported. The woman was the mother of six children and was six weeks pregnant at the time of her death.

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“I killed my mother, she is dead,” Anselmo told 911 dispatchers. “I strangled her.”

Anselmo was booked into the Lake County Jail on the charges, and prosecutors were likely going to be an upgrade of the charges, because the woman died, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The authorities had no motive, why Anselmo allegedly committed the crime.

Sue Ellen Anselmo was found unconscious with a rope around her neck in the passenger seat of her SUV, according to the newspaper. It was not clear why Anselmo or his stepmother at the cemetery.

Ian Anselmo had at first thought that he killed his stepmother at the cemetery, but she was rushed to the hospital with a “weak pulse” and died Monday in the newspaper.

“This whole thing seems so weird,” John Anselmo, Sue Ellen’s husband, and Ian’s father, told the Orlando Sentinel. “We are just racking our brains trying to figure out what happened.”

John Anselmo added that he and his wife had recently separated, but he was a harbinger of a reconciliation, according to the newspaper. His mother-in-law, though, is tried to be the guardian of Sue Ellen Anselmo, while they are in the hospital say that John Anselmo was a “person of interest” in the investigation.

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John Anselmo denied the allegations. Eustis police have not said whether John Anselmo was a person of interest in Sue Ellen Anselmo’s death.

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