Police in Texas say a 25-year-old woman walked into a police station Monday and confessed to killing her 4-year-old daughter.
Athens resident Stacie Marie Parsons has been arrested and charged with one count of capital murder of a person less than 10 years old in the brutal slaying of her 4-year-old daughter, Victoria Wyatt. Parsons is being held on a $2 million bond in the Henderson County Jail, police said.
Parsons allegedly walked into the Athens Police Department at about 8:45 p.m. Monday and confessed to the murder.
"She walked in and [said] that she had just killed her daughter," Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt told The Huffington Post.
At about the same time Parsons was turning herself into police, her common-law husband, Gary Wyatt, was trying unsuccessfully to revive Victoria. He reportedly found his daughter in the trunk of Parsons' car.
"Oh, God it was awful. Foaming out of her mouth, her head was bashed in," Gary Wyatt told KSLA through tears. "My baby's dead, she killed my baby."
Wyatt told KSLA he had told Parsons on Sunday that he wanted a divorce. He said the two argued and she left on Monday morning with Victoria. When a family friend attempted to speak with Parsons Monday morning after she had returned, parked her car and walked away, she said, "I wouldn't be in that car if I were you." Parsons reportedly then walked to the police station.
Wyatt said he believes Parsons has been "jealous of that little girl since the day she was born."
Nutt declined to discuss a possible motive in the slaying.
"We're not going to talk about what she said and we're not going to talk about the motive right now," he told HuffPost. "That's about all we got to say about it."
Victoria's body has been sent to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for an autopsy. According to the sheriff, a preliminary examination has revealed trauma to the child's head and chest, but an exact cause of death is still pending.
The family was not insured, so a Facebook page has been created to raise money for funeral expenses.