The body of a 2-year-old Annapolis girl was found Thursday night in garbage bound for a Virginia landfill, police said, and documents charging her mother with first-degree murder say Chelsea Booth admitted to smothering her daughter and dumping the body.
Police were awaiting results of an autopsy of Kassidey Capri Booth performed Friday by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, hoping to learn if it supports what 25-year-old Booth told detectives earlier in the week.
Questioned by investigators following a tip that the girl had not been seen in a few days, Booth said the girl's father put a "Muslim curse" on her and that she "believed Kassidey to be possessed by an evil spirit," according to charging documents. Booth said that on Monday or Tuesday "she murdered Kassidey by laying on top of her and smothering her until Kassidey stopped breathing and showed no signs of life," the charges allege. She wrapped the body in a blanket and put it in a trash bin by her home, the documents allege.
Initially, she had told police that Kassidey was with her father; the father told police he hadn't seen the child in months, according to charging documents.
Charged Thursday, Booth remained held without bail in the Anne Arundel County jail on the order of an Annapolis District Court judge. Her 5-year-old child, fathered by a different man, was moved to the care of relatives, said Annapolis Police Det. Amy Miguez.
Police tracked the trash bin to a waste transfer station in Jessup, said Miguez. They narrowed their search from 96 tons of garbage that were to go to the out-of-state-landfill to the cars they suspected would be most likely to contain the body. Police and firefighters found the body just before midnight in the first car they searched, she said. The effort, which required special equipment to unload the garbage, had begun at 3 p.m.