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Mom who slashed daughter’s throat found insane, not guilty

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DuPage County Judge George Bakalis on Thursday found a Bloomingdale woman accused of slashing her 4-year-old daughter's throat not guilty by reason of insanity.

Prosecutors earlier Thursday said Marci Webber, 45, told another relative the night before the slaying that she feared "Satan was going to kidnap" the child.

Webber also told police after the brutal Nov. 3, 2010, killing that she worried her youngest daughter, Magdalene -- called "Maggie" -- would be taken and sold into sex slavery, prosecutors said as Webber's murder trial opened.

Webber, who has a long history of psychiatric problems, was charged with slashing Maggie's throat in the bathtub at a family member's suburban townhouse, then cutting her own throat and wrist.

Police found several words scrawled in the blood smearing the bathroom walls, including "divine mercy," "Satan" and "evil," prosecutor Tim Diamond said.

Her court-appointed attorneys argued Webber -- a former Woodstock resident -- was insane at the time of the slaying, which occurred weeks after she had moved from New York to the Chicago area to live with family members.

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