CRIME
02/12/2013 09:46 am ET

Chelsea Michelle Booth Murders Toddler Kassidey Capri Booth, Blames 'Muslim Curse': Cops

A Maryland mother is accused of smothering her 2-year-old daughter to death and claiming that she did so because the girl was "cursed."

Chelsea Michelle Booth, 25, allegedly told police on Feb. 7 that she killed Kassidey Capri Booth because Kassidey's father, Antwon Nelson, had placed a "Muslim curse" on her, ABC 2 reported. She allegedly added that the girl was possessed by an evil spirit.

Nelson told investigators he had not seen his daughter in several months.

Annapolis Police had received a call on Feb. 6 from a neighbor who was concerned that the toddler hadn't been seen in several days, according to CBS Baltimore. Investigators located the child's body among garbage that was on the way to a landfill.

Officials believe that Booth murdered her daughter by "laying on top of her and smothering her until Kassidey stopped breathing and showed no signs of life," according to a police report.

According to WJLA, police believe she killed the child a few days before the body was found.

She has been charged with first and second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse resulting in death.

Booth has another daughter, who is unharmed.

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