Annapolis woman found not criminally responsible in daughter's death

Chelsea Booth had claimed she suffered from curse

May 06, 2014|By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

An Annapolis woman who claimed to be suffering from a "Muslim curse" has been found not criminally responsible in the death of her 2-year-old child last year.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Ronald A. Silkworth accepted Chelsea Booth's plea of not criminally responsible for second-degree murder last Friday, according to court records.

Neighbors told police in February 2013 that they hadn't seen 2-year-old Kassidey Booth with her mother, Chelsea, for a few days. When police questioned Booth, she claimed the girl was with her father, according to court records. The girl's father told police he hadn't seen Kassidey in months.

Under further questioning, Booth, 26, told police she was suffering from a curse and that she believed the child was possessed by an evil spirit. Booth admitted to smothering the child, according to court records, and allegedly wrapped the body in a blanket and put it in a trash receptacle. The body was later found amid trash bound for a Virginia landfill, officials said.

Booth was referred to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital, a maximum-security state psychiatric hospital in Jessup. Prosecutors dropped other charges against her.

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