A Virginia mother charged with killing her 6-year-old daughter told a detective that she did so to send her to heaven and protect her from aliens, according to court documents filed this week.
Darla Elizabeth Hise, 27, is charged with first-degree murder in the February murder of her daughter Abigail Grace Hise. According to the Roanoke Times, she used a shotgun to kill the child in their home.
Hise’s attorney wrote that Hise told police at a psychiatric hospital, where Hise was diagnosed with a possible PTSD or drug-induced psychosis, that she had “aliens in her body and wanted them removed from her stomach.” Her lawyer, Tony Anderson, has asked that Hise’s statement to police be suppressed, arguing that she was unable to waive her right to remain silent because of her mental condition and drug use.
“In this case, the evidence will show that [Hise’s] drug use and psychosis prevented her from being fully aware that she was abandoning her right against self-incrimination and to counsel and the consequences of abandoning those rights,” stated the motion filed on Wednesday.
Tests reportedly showed that Hise had been using methamphetamines, amphetamines and marijuana for a three-week period before the killing.
“Throughout her interview with Detective Grimm, she detailed her psychosis that she believed her daughter and son were in danger from aliens and she thought she was going to save her daughter by sending her to heaven,” the motion stated. Hise's 3-year-old son was placed in the care of another family after the girl’s death.
An obituary for Abigail stated that she is survived by an “entire community who loved her.”
“She was a beautiful, happy child who loved to ride her bike, draw, color and play with her little brother, ‘Ben Ben,'" the obituary reads. “She was a frequent visitor to Lake Moomaw where she loved to swim and play in the lake.”
Hise is being held without bond in the Western Virginia Regional Jail.
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