Mom Panicked Over Losing Baby Is Held in Her Murder

'She thought the world of her,' says neighbor
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2010 3:49 AM CST
Mom Panicked Over Losing Baby Is Held in Her Murder
The body of Jasmine Bellfield was found near bloodied mom.   (Bellfield family)

A young British mom terrified that she was about to lose her baby girl is being held in her daughter's murder. Police found Sonia Bellfield, 29, covered in blood and the corpse of her 2-year-old daughter, Jasmine, nearby. Neighbors believe the mom, who suffers from serious mental problems, "flipped" because she feared that West Yorkshire social services would soon take Jasmine away from her.

"She thought the world of that child but she suffered from paranoia and depression," a neighbor told the Daily Mail. An investigation into the murder will likely examine why the baby wasn't removed earlier from her home.

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