LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) — Las Vegas police say that a mother fatally stabbed her daughter with scissors because she feared there was an evil presence in her child.
A release on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s website states that Danielle Slaughter, 27, was arrested after the discovery of her deceased daughter on March 11.
It has now been revealed that Slaughter told police she had kept the child home on the day her 6-year-old daughter Kyla died after sensing an evil presence within her.
While they were in a bedroom of their home, Slaughter told police that her daughter began to kick and scratch her, before saying malicious words and “laughing in an evil voice,” according to KNTV.
It was then that she used a pair of nearby scissors and struck Kyla multiple times.
Later that evening, police were brought to the scene in response to calls regarding a black female running around the street, described as barefoot, screaming and covered in blood.
Allegedly, Slaughter explained the blood as coming from the “Lamb of God.” She was taken to the hospital for treatment, despite the lack of wounds on her body.
Meanwhile, she had also reportedly told her boyfriend, Ashton Lyken, that Kyla was dead. Emergency personnel found the child with him in their Palmae Way home.
Kyla was declared dead at the scene, presumably from sustaining multiple injuries to her neck.
Slaughter reportedly told investigating officers that she was shocked by her own behavior, and that murdering her daughter was not “like” her.
She added that she had lost sleep after starting to take Hydroxycut, an over-the-counter weight loss drug, and that she had felt the evil presence around her for several days before the murder.
Slaughter has been charged with murder with a deadly weapon, and is presently being held at the Clark County Detention Center.