Relatives: Child's slaying may be 'ritual'

A memorial for the toddler where her body was found in Gadsden.
A memorial for the toddler where her body was found in Gadsden.


Relatives of a slain Alabama toddler say the girl's killing may have been a sacrificial ritual by her father.

Cathy Jackson is an aunt of 20-month-old Maliyah Lindsay. Gadsden police this week charged the girl's father, 35-year-old Stephon Lindsay, with capital murder in her death.

Jackson said the girl's father believes in satanic worship. She says the girl's death may have been killed during a ritual sacrifice.

Jackson says the man recently bought long daggers off the Internet. But she calls Lindsay a good father.

Police haven't revealed a possible motive in the slaying, but they have said knives or a sword may have been used in the killing.

Lindsay showed no emotion during a quick appearance before a district judge Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a memorial was erected at the site where baby Maliyah's body was located early Tuesday evening, shortly after her father was taken into custody.

Lindsay told Maliyah's mother he was taking the child to his sister's home for a few days last week, but the mother became alarmed earlier this week when Lindsay's sister told her she had not seen the child. That is when the mother called police, which started the investigation on Monday.

Lindsay's record has been quiet for the last 13 years, but in 1999, a jury found him guilty of six counts of first degree robbery.

He was ordered to serve multiple 20 year sentences.

Lindsay is bailed without bond, and court records don't show whether he has a lawyer.

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