LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The body of an Annapolis toddler who police say was killed by her mother earlier this week was found at a trash facility late Thursday night.
Annapolis police said the body of 2-year-old Kassidey Booth was found among 95 tons of trash at a Waste Management transfer facility in Jessup.
Investigators began searching for the toddler’s body after her mother, Chelsea Booth, confessed to smothering the girl and disposing of her body.
Police said earlier Thursday that Booth, 25, was taken into custody and questioned in the disappearance of Kassidey after a neighbor told police they hadn’t seen the young girl in several days.
Charging documents reviewed by WUSA-9 say Booth lied to police at first, saying the toddler was with her father. When Kassidey’s father told police he hadn’t seen the girl in several months, they brought both parents in for questioning, WUSA-9 reports.
Booth then told authorities she thought her daughter was possessed by an evil spirit. She admitted to laying on top of Kassidey until she stopped breathing and placing her body in a dumpster.
Booth, who is being held without bond, is charged with first- and second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse resulting in death.
The investigation is ongoing.
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