Plea entered for mother accused in strangling

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HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) -- A defense lawyer has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of an Oregon woman accused of fatally strangling her 11-year-old daughter.

Kristina Buckley of the Portland suburb of Sherwood was arraigned Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court on one count of murder in the June 2 death of her daughter Cecelia.

Court documents say the 38-year-old woman told police she strangled her daughter because she wanted to protect her from pedophiles. The Oregonian says the woman's husband, Patrick Buckley, told investigators his wife had a psychotic episode days before the girl was killed. He says he took his wife to a psychiatrist, who prescribed anti-psychotic medication.

The woman reportedly told police she tried to kill herself, but couldn't. She was found holding a kitchen knife, with self-inflicted cuts to her wrists and neck.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com