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Miami Mom Allegedly Confessed To Stabbing 3-Year-Old Daughter To Death

Jellisa Baxter called 911 on Tuesday and allegedly told the dispatcher that she'd strangled her little girl but then stabbed her when strangling her "didn't work."

By Christina Coulter
Tragic and Disturbing Cases of Child Abuse

A 24-year-old Florida woman has been charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse after she called 911 and allegedly admitted to stabbing her three-year-old daughter to death. 

Jellisa Amoya Baxter spoke to a dispatcher around 2:00 a.m. on Dec. 27 and said "I just killed my daughter," according to a 911 tape obtained by NBC Miami.

"When asked how she killed her daughter, the [defendant] replied she strangled her at first, but when that didn't work, she stabbed her in the chest and neck," North Miami Police stated in an arrest affidavit.

Baxter was wearing a white bathrobe when she answered the door for arriving officers, according to her arrest affidavit, and led them to her daughter's body on the floor of the living room. The toddler was reportedly riddled with "deep stab wounds" to the chest, neck and face and pronounced dead at the scene.

"The knife was located next to the victim's body," the affidavit states.

Jallisa Baxter PD

Baxter was denied bond at her first appearance before a judge on Wednesday and is currently being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, according to NBC Miami. She faces an immigration hold out of Jamaica, the outlet reported. 

She was reportedly served an eviction notice several days before the killing, the station added.

Baxter's stepfather Harold Hemmings told the outlet that he'd met up with her and her child once last year after her biological mother died from cancer.

"She didn't seem like a bad momma to me," said Hemmings. "You know, she seemed like she was a good mother."

He added that he didn't know why Baxter would kill her child. 

"She's sick," Hemmings said. "That's all I can say, she's sick."

Baxter is scheduled to be arraigned in January, according to CBS Miami.

The North Miami Beach Police Department did not respond to Oxygen.com's request for comment.

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