Central Islip woman accused of strangling mother pleads not guilty

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The Central Islip woman accused of killing her mother inside their home Tuesday faced a judge today.

Police say Sharon Easter called 911 shortly after 8 a.m., telling the operator she killed her mother inside a Cocoanut Street home.

Responding officers found that 76-year-old Dorothy Easter appeared to have been strangled with a vacuum cleaner cord.

Neighbor Helena Humphrey says she's known the family for 20 years. She says that Sharon seemed to suffer from a mental illness, and that police were called to the house several times over the years.

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There is no word from police about what led up to the death.

Easter, 57, is charged with second-degree murder and pleaded not guilty. Easter is being held without bail and is due back in court Friday.

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