LAS VEGAS (AP) — A mother accused of killing her 6-year-old daughter with scissors told a Las Vegas judge she understands the murder charge against her.

But Danielle Yvonne Slaughter also appeared confused Friday about whether a mandatory evidence hearing should be held quickly or delayed for a full psychiatric evaluation.

Slaughter chose the two-week minimum, and Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure scheduled the hearing for March 29.

Slaughter’s defense lawyer says she’s concerned about her 27-year-old client’s mental condition and fitness to face charges in the death of Kyla Franks.

Slaughter told police she hadn’t slept much after taking a caffeinated weight-loss product, and she felt an “evil presence” before striking her daughter with scissors Sunday.

Slaughter said the girl kicked and clawed her and laughed “in an evil voice.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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