Police spoke with Booth after her neighbors called to report they had not seen Booth’s daughter for days. Booth told the officers that the child was with her father, 28-year-old Antwan Nelson. However, when police spoke with Nelson, he told them that he’d not seen his daughter in several months.
After Booth and Nelson were brought in for police questioning, Booth told police that a “Muslim curse” had been placed on her daughter by the child’s father and that her daughter was possessed by an evil spirit. She said she had no choice but to murder the little girl by laying on top of her and smothering her until she stopped breathing.
Afterwards, Booth admitted she wrapped her daughter in a blanket and then tossed her into a dumpster at her apartment complex. Investigators were dispatched to a Waste Management Inc. center where they searched for the child’s body for hours, finally locating the it inside a rail car that was slated for a landfill in Virginia.
Booth was charged with child abuse leading to first degree death, first-degree murder, and second-degree murder. She was denied bail at a bail review hearing Friday morning.
I think I may have been doing this for too long. It was terrible that a child was murdered at the hands of her mother, but I found it refreshing that the mother used an excuse I don’t remember ever having been used.Tags: Chelsea Booth, Crime, curse, Dumpster, evil spirit, Maryland, Smothering