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Police in Texas arrested a woman who they say admitted to cutting her 4-year-old daughter’s throat, then throwing the girl in the trash before reporting her missing. 

The Fort Worth Police Department arrested 34-year-old Krystal Lewandowski on Monday on a capital murder charge. Lewandowski called the police department to report her daughter missing Monday morning, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by USA TODAY. 

After a 911 operator asked Lewandowski questions about her daughter, Lewandowski said, “OK, maybe I should just tell you now. OK, so last night I was advised to slit her throat,” the affidavit states. The operator asked where Lewandowski’s daughter was and Lewandowski replied, “I wrapped her up and I put her in a trash can,” according to the warrant. 

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An officer was sent to Lewandowski’s home, where he found a small child inside a trash bag in a trash can in the backyard, the affidavit said.

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“While on the scene Lewandowski made several statements about causing harm to her daughter because she was told to do so, or something worse would happen to her daughter if Lewandowski didn’t slit her daughter’s throat,” according to the affidavit.

She told a detective she cut her daughter’s throat on Sunday. 

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Her daughter, Czara Lewandowski, had turned 4 this month.

An 18-month old child, Czara’s sibling, was removed from Lewandowski’s home, a Fort Worth Police Department spokesman confirmed to USA TODAY. A Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokeswoman confirmed that child is now in foster care. She added Lewandowski has previous history with Child Protective Services, “but the details are confidential.”

Lewandowski was interviewed by detectives from the police department’s Crimes Against Children Unit, police said. She said she “saved” her daughter and was preventing something worse from happening to her, according to the affidavit. 

Online jail records show Lewandowski is in custody at the Tarrant County Correction Center.

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