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Maryland Woman Charged With Killing Missing Daughter

Mother told police she believed her child was posessed



    The search for a slain toddler is over, following a mother's reported confession to a horrific crime. Police today confirmed they found the body of 2-year-old Kassidey Booth in a landfill. Derrick Ward has more on the possible motive investigators are uncovering. (Published Friday, Feb. 8, 2013)

    Authorities located the body of a toddler whom they believe was killed by her mother, they announced Friday.

    Police say the mother, Chelsea Michelle Booth, 25, confessed to smothering 2-year-old Kassidey Booth and then disposing of her body in a dumpster.

    Authorities found Kassidey's body after searching through 95 tons of garbage on railcars that were headed to a landfill outside the area Thursday night.

    Also Friday, court records were made public that said Booth believed her daughter was suffering from a "Muslim curse" and that her daughter was possessed by an evil spirit.

    The statement of probable cause made public Friday includes details from an interview Booth gave this week to detectives investigating the Kassidey's murder in Annapolis.

    The document says Booth told investigators she murdered Kassidey this week by lying on top of her and smothering her. Then, the document says Booth told authorities she wrapped Kassidey in a blanket and placed her body in a trash bin.

    The investigation into Kassidey's death began after a neighbor called police Wednesday afternoon, saying the little girl hadn't been seen in days.

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    Booth has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, and first-degree child abuse resulting in death. She is being held without bond.

    Authorities continue to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-268-9000.