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Mother Killed Daughter To 'Protect Her From Aliens' (Photos)

| by Michael Doherty

A Virginia mother has been charged with murder after she allegedly shot her 6-year-old daughter while she was under the influence of drugs.

Darla Hise, 27, is accused of killing Abigail Grace Hise at the family's home on Feb. 4, according to the Daily Mail. She was reportedly under the influence of methamphetamine, marijuana, and amphetamines.

On Feb. 6, Darla called 911 multiple times, telling police that Abigail had been shot. When authorities arrived at her home in Hot Springs, they found the young girl dead with a bullet wound.

Darla reportedly told police that she killed the girl because she wanted to send her to heaven and said she was trying to protect her from aliens, People reports.

She also told officials at a psychiatric hospital that there were aliens inside of her stomach and she wanted them taken out.

Darla's attorney has filed a motion to keep the mother's comments from being used as evidence in court when she is scheduled to be tried Aug. 23.

Attorney Tony Anderson argued that Darla's drug use and mental state meant she was not aware of what was happening when she allegedly confessed to the killing.

"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," wrote Anderson.

Anderson also requested that the trial be moved outside of Bath County, where the case has "evoked great passion and prejudice in the community" after being covered by the news.

The woman's son, 3, was also at home at the time of the killing, but was reported to be unharmed. The boy was taken into a family member's custody.

Along with a charge for first-degree murder, Darla was charged with use of a firearm, possession of meth, having a firearm while in the possession of drugs, and attempted murder, according to The Roanoke Times.

Abigail's obituary says that she was "a beautiful, happy child who loved to ride her bike, draw, color, and play with her little brother, 'Ben Ben.'"

"She was a frequent visitor to Lake Moomaw where she loved to swim and play in the lake," reads the obituary, adding that Abigail is survived by her father, grandfather, and the "entire community who loved her."

Darla is being held in jail without bond. She was evaluated as to her competency to stand trial, and the results have been sealed.

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