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Nevada mom Danielle Yvonne Slaughter accused of killing her 6-year-old daughter with scissors

Danielle Yvonne Slaughter Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Danielle Yvonne Slaughter
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

(CBS/AP) LAS VEGAS - A Nevada woman accused of stabbing her 6-year-old daughter to death with scissors told police she has been taking a weight-loss product, had trouble sleeping for several days and felt an "evil" presence before the attack.

"Did I kill my daughter? Is she dead?'" Danielle Yvonne Slaughter asked police after police found her on Sunday, naked, bloody and running barefoot through Las Vegas, according to court documents released Tuesday.

The frenzied 27-year-old woman was hospitalized after she told police that the blood on her hands was from the "lamb of God." Police later found 6-year-old Kyla Franks dead at their home.

In a Monday police interview, Slaughter told investigators she had trouble sleeping since she started taking the weight-loss product Hydroxycut four days earlier. She also added that she had been feeling "an evil presence" for several days. She said she slept just one hour Saturday night.

Slaughter told police she and her daughter were sitting on the bed when the girl spoke in "evil words," laughed "in an evil voice" and clawed and kicked at her. The mother said she picked up scissors and struck the child several times.

Homicide Lt. Ray Steiber said police believe the mother was sleep-deprived and may have been affected by the weight-loss product she had been taking.

On Wednesday, Slaughter refused to leave her jail bed at the Clark County jail for her first court appearance.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure reset Slaughter's arraignment on a murder with a weapon charge for Friday, telling a jail supervisor by closed-circuit video that he wants Slaughter brought forcibly to court if necessary.

Meanwhile, Deputy Public Defender Andrea Luem told the judge she was worried about Slaughter's mental condition and that she hoped to obtain a psychological evaluation.

"My concern is whether she's able to understand the charges," Luem said.

It was not immediately known whether federal officials have received complaints linking Hydroxycut to confusion or delusions. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman, Siobhan DeLancey, said the product was recalled in 2009 due to complaints about liver damage.

  • Crimesider Staff

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