Police: Nev. mom kills daughter, 6, with scissors

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

This image provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Danielle Yvonne Slaughter, who is accused of stabbing her 6-year-old daughter to death with scissors.(AP Photo/LVMPD)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman accused of stabbing her 6-year-old daughter to death with scissors told police she had 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 Kyla Franks dead at their home.

Slaughter was held at the Clark County jail pending an initial court appearance Wednesday on a murder charge. It wasn't immediately clear if she had a lawyer.

"There was no rhyme or reason to it," homicide Lt. Ray Steiber said of the girl's death. "I don't think there's anything that anyone could have anticipated."

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

"Danielle stated that she never felt this way before," the police report said, adding that she said she wanted to remove the evil from the house.

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.

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

Hydroxycut was recalled from the market in 2009 by parent company Iovate Health Services Inc. of Canada and Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, N.Y., after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about liver injuries.

Company officials did not immediately respond to messages.

The product was later reformulated and returned to the market, said Siobhan DeLancey, a spokeswoman for the Food and Drug Administration. She noted in an email that complaints that led to the recall were about excess selenium causing liver damage.
Associated Press
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