A Pennsylvania mom who admitted to the June 2016 killing of her 3-year-old daughter on Wednesday allegedly made some disturbing statements to her neighbors shortly after slaying the child.
The York Daily Record reports that Regina Lester has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to third-degree murder, which she said she committed after doing a combination of drugs.
She said that on June 8, 2016 she smoked marijuana mixed with K2, fentanyl, and bath salts before killing her daughter, Isabel Godfrey.
An autopsy determined that the child died from blunt force trauma and bite wounds, in addition to possible asphyxiation.
After murdering the 3-year-old, Lester undressed and clung to a tree. That’s when she told a neighbor:
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to do it. You understand I had to get the darkness out of her. I’m sorry.”
She also knocked on another neighbor’s door and said:
“I need to kill your kids.”
A neighbor who often babysat Isabel, Andrew Day, performed CPR on the child upon finding her but was unsuccessful.
He then held down Lester until police arrived, according to the York Dispatch.
Prosecutors said that the mom did not get a first-degree murder charge because she was so heavily intoxicated that she had a diminished understanding of what she was doing, York Daily Record reports.
The mother said:
“I wasn’t myself. I don’t remember anything. I blacked out.”
She said that she used the drug K2 “quite often.”
Lester had also suffered from mental health issues before the murder occurred. She was diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety.
She faces spending 20 to 40 years behind bars and will find out her sentence on June 27.