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Mom Who Says She Killed Toddler Over 'Muslim Curse' Committed to Mental Hospital

Chelsea Booth of Annapolis told police she smothered her daughter because the child suffered from a "Muslim curse." A judge ruled Booth is not competent to stand trial.

Chelsea Booth of Annapolis reportedly told police she smothered her daughter and put the body in a Dumpster. File|Patch
Chelsea Booth of Annapolis reportedly told police she smothered her daughter and put the body in a Dumpster. File|Patch

An Annapolis woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter and disposing of her body in a Dumpster has been deemed not competent to stand trial, and instead sent to a psychiatric hospital for treatment.

Chelsea Booth, 26, previously was found incompetent to face first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse charges for the death of her daughter, Kassidey, in February 2013, reports CapitalGazette.com.

Booth told Annapolis police her daughter was suffering from a “Muslim curse” placed on her by her father, according to court records. She also told police she believed an evil spirit possessed the child.

An Anne Arundel County Circuit judge on Friday ordered Booth to be committed indefinitely to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene instead of standing trial, reports WBFF TV. 

The Capital of Annapolis reports Booth has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and experiences hallucinations and delusions. Booth is being treated at the Department's Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup.

Annapolis police began investigating Booth in February of 2013 after receiving a tip that the daughter had not been seen in recent days and was abused, Patch earlier reported.

The toddler’s body was recovered the following night from more than 95 tons of refuse. Police said Booth admitted she killed her daughter and put her body in a Dumpster.

Detectives tracked the contents of the Dumpster to a refuse transition station in Maryland, where the contents were loaded onto rail cars for transport to a landfill out of state.

Booth first told officers Kassidey was with her father, Antwan Nelson, 28, in Baltimore, the Capital Gazette said. When police contacted Nelson, he said he hadn’t seen his daughter in months. During questioning Booth later admitted smothering the girl earlier that week by lying on top of her until she stopped breathing.

A month after her arrest, Booth was committed to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for treatment and examination. She was found incompetent to stand trial last June.

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