Ivanna Krekhtyak apparently grabbed her 8-year-old daughter's neck and squeezed until she saw no signs of life. Then the 36-year-old woman hanged herself in the basement of her home in Fairfield, Conn., police say. Sometime later, however, Krekhtyak's daughter, Anna—who had only lost consciousness—woke up. After finding her mother's body, the girl ran to a neighbor for help, reports the Connecticut Post. Authorities, who responded around 10:30am Saturday, are now trying to piece together the tragedy as Anna has "some memory issues with regard to exactly what occurred," Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara tells NBC Connecticut. Despite that, he says "strangulation marks" suggest "strangulation was meant to kill her."
Anna—who was listed in stable condition at a hospital Monday, per People—had previously contacted police at least once over fears her mother was suicidal, and she wasn't the only one to do so. However, police say they never felt Krekhtyak's daughter was in danger over the course of several visits to the home. During one visit, Krekhtyak told police she was depressed, but not suicidal, over her husband's suicide in July 2015. Police say Vasyl Krekhtyak, 38, had been working in Florida but returned to Connecticut to visit a doctor. Shortly after, he was found hanged in a wooded area near Fairfield University. His wife told authorities he had mental health issues and had been hearing voices, per the Fairfield Daily Voice. (A man was accused of trying to kill his son in a car crash.)