Kyla Yvonne Franks
2006 - March 12, 2012
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Danielle Yvonne Slaughter, who was 27 at the time,  asked police if she had killed her daughter, "Is she dead"? Danielle was walking down the street in Las Vegas, stripping out of her clothing, barefoot and she had blood all over her. Danielle told Police that the blood was "lamb of God". Police found Kyla Franks, Daniell's six year old daughter dead, in their home.


What would cause a mother to stab her child to death with scissors? Danielle would later claim that it was the diet pills she was taking and that she was having trouble sleeping ever since she started taking the drug Hydroxycut, four days before killing her daughter. Danielle also claimed that she knew there was an evil presence around her and that she and Kyla had been sitting on the bed when her daughter started to talk in  an evil voice and then began to laugh the same way. Danielle said that her daughter had starting kicking and clawing at her. Danielle claimed to have only had one hour of sleep in the four days prior to killing Kyla.

Homicide Lt. Ray Steiber did believe that Danielle had been having trouble sleeping and said she might have been suffering some affects from the weight loss drug. Danielle was arrested and refused to leave her cell to go to court and her arraignment was rescheduled. Justice Of The Peace Joe. M. Bonaventure told a supervisor at the jail that he expected Danielle to be brought to court, even if it was by force. The Deputy Public Defender, Andrea Luem, told the judge she would like to get a psychological evaluation done on her client as she was worried about her mental state and if she was able to understand the charges against her.

Danielle appeared in court and told the judge that she did understand the charges against her though it was reported that she seemed to be confused about a mandatory evidence hearing and how soon it should be held. Danielle plead not guilty by reason of insanity and was taken back to the jail where she was being held without bond and was charged with murder. If convicted, she could spend the rest of her life in prison. Let's hope that life will start MEANING life, very soon!

When looking for an obituary, I found this on the obituary page:

A message from Kyla's family:

"Thank you for your prayers, which have increased our faith;
Your words, which have encouraged our hearts;
Your presence which has given up arms to lean on.
The thought of every card and expression of kindness
and sympathy added a touch of beauty.
Because of your caring and sharing
you have made our burden much lighter.
Please continue to pray for us,
and may God's Blessing forever shine on each of you.
The Family...

Service Date & Time
Friday, March 30, 2012

Service Location:
Chapel of Roses
Simpson Family Mortuary
3443 W. Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, Ca 90305

Inglewood Park Cemetery

As of June 9, 2014, there is nothing new to report about this case.

Death Occurred in the state of Nevada

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