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Darrington mother stabs 5-year-old daughter to death, buries body

DARRINGTON—Alyssa Shanchez, 30, of Darrington was arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail on Tuesday, February 27, for the first-degree murder of her 5-year-old daughter. Bail is set at $5 million.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 26, Snohomish County deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call by Shanchez that she killed her child. Upon arrival, she told deputies the child has been deceased since February 14. Deputies contacted additional family members and determined the child was not in the care of any relatives.

Sanchez confessed to stabbing her 5-year-old daughter in the stomach repeatedly after hearing voices in her head telling her that her little girl was the devil. After several days, Sanchez moved the body of her daughter from the backseat of the Toyota Camry where the fatal incident occurred and buried her in a shallow grave.

Police exhumed the body of the 5-year-old girl on Wednesday, February 28, and discovered copious amounts of blood in the backseat of the vehicle matching the story Snachez told detectives.

Shanchez is facing Muder 1 DV, a Class A felony which if found guilty, is life imprisonment.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Added bail from Wednesday’s custody hearing. [4:15 p.m., 2/28/2024]

2 thoughts on “Darrington mother stabs 5-year-old daughter to death, buries body

  • My prayers to the family of the little girl she was like a grandbaby to me and I loved her so dearly my son Jeffrey was like a dad to her and I feel really bad right now for their family

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  • I new them i cant bleave she did that to that baby that baby was like a grandbaby to us she used to go with my son Jeffrey it is so sad I’m so heartbroken that she would kill that little girl

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