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Mother told police that daughter was "laughing in an evil voice"

Mother told police that daughter was "laughing in an evil voice"

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Mar 13, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas mother, who is accused of stabbing her six-year-old daughter to death with a pair of scissors, told police that her daughter was "laughing in an evil voice."

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has released the arrest report related to the murder of Kyla on Sunday, March 11.

According to the report, Danielle Slaughter kept her daughter home from daycare that day because she had been feeling an evil presence and wanted to be with her daughter.

The report says that Slaughter and her daughter were in a bedroom and Slaughter was holding her daughter when the child began kicking and scratching her mother.

Slaughter says that her daughter was "laughing in an evil voice" and that she  picked up scissors that were lying on a desk and "struck" her daughter multiple times.

Slaughter also told detectives that she could not believe that she killed Kyla and that it was not "like" her.

LVMPD received a call at about 6:05 p.m. March 11 that a black female was running on Vegas Drive near Jones Boulevard.

The woman was described as being barefoot with blood on her hands and screaming. Other callers reported that the woman was taking off her clothes as she ran.

She was taken into custody at Vegas Drive and Decatur Boulevard, completely naked. She told officers that the blood was from the "Lamb of God." The responding officer did not see any injuries but she was taken to Valley Hospital by the city fire department.

At about 8:55 p.m., LVMPD received a phone call from a man at a house in the 1600 block of Palmae Way. He stated that there was a minor child who was not breathing.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel verified that the child was deceased and discovered that the child had sustained injuries on her neck, possibly from a sharp instrument and that there was a pair of scissors near the body.

The man in the home, who was identified as Ashton Lyken, told detectives that he had received a call at work from his live-in girlfriend, Danielle Slaughter, that her daughter was dead. Lyken told police that when he arrived home, she was not there.

At about 11:30 p.m., a police officer was checking hospital registrations when he found that Danielle Slaughter had been admitted to the emergency room at Valley Hospital. Officers responded to Valley and took Slaughter into custody.

Slaughter also told detectives that she had been taking a dietary aid, Hydroxycut, for four days and had not been sleeping well since she began taking the aid.

Slaughter also said that she had been feeling an evil presence for several days except on Saturday, the day before she allegedly killed her daughter, because she went to church that day.

Slaughter also stated she had never felt that way before.

Slaughter was arrested for Murder with a Deadly Weapon. She was transported to the Clark County Detention Center and booked without incident.

Police say that she may have had "some sort of mental breakdown."

Joyce Lupiani

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