A Las Vegas mother pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday to killing her 6-year-old daughter with scissors after thinking she heard the girl speak and laugh in what she later told police was an “evil voice.”
Danielle Yvonne Slaughter spoke clearly while answering a judge’s questions and entering her plea during a brief arraignment in Clark County District Court. Judge Melisa De La Garza scheduled Slaughter to appear at a May 16 before the trial judge.
Slaughter, 27, remained jailed without bail. She faces a murder charge that could put her in prison for the rest of her life.
Her lawyer, deputy Clark County Public Defender Andrea Luem, said she isn’t contesting Slaughter’s competency for trial. Instead, Slaughter is claiming temporary insanity.
Prosecutor Pam Weckerly declined to comment outside court.
Slaughter was found naked, barefoot and bloody March 11 near her home in northwest Las Vegas shortly before her live-in boyfriend summoned police. They found Slaughter’s daughter, Kyla Franks, dead in a bedroom and a pair of scissors nearby.
A frenzied Slaughter told police who took her to a hospital that the blood on her hands was from the “lamb of God.”