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Nev. mom tells judge she understands charge in daughter's alleged scissor slaying

Ashton Lyken, right, sits in court during Danielle Slaugher's (top left) arraignment in Las Vegas Justice Court on Friday, March 16, 2012 in Las Vegas. Jeff Scheid,AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal

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

Danielle Yvonne Slaughter appeared confused, however, about whether a mandatory evidence hearing should be held quickly or delayed so she could undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Against the advice of her public defender, Slaughter chose the two-week minimum, and Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure scheduled the preliminary hearing for March 29.

The proceeding will determine whether Slaughter, 27, will stand trial in state court on a charge that could put her in prison for the rest of her life. She is being held without bail in supervised isolation at the Clark County jail.

She was not asked to enter a plea.

Slaughter's defense lawyer, Andrea Luem, said Friday that she advised Slaughter to ask the judge to delay the preliminary hearing to April 23 to allow time for an initial psychological evaluation.

Luem has said she's concerned about her client's mental condition and fitness to face charges in the death of Kyla Franks. Meanwhile, Luem has not said whether she will seek an insanity defense.

Slaughter was hospitalized Sunday after she was found naked and bloody, screaming and running through the streets near her northwest Las Vegas home. She wasn't injured and told police the blood was from the "lamb of God."

Her boyfriend, Ashton Lyken, summoned police after finding the child's lifeless body in a bloody bedroom.

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