​California Mother Stabbed 7-Month-Old Over Depression

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April 28, 2021

California Mother Stabbed 7-Month-Old - Police say the woman has admitted to stabbing her son to death in a popular park in Northern California.

Chief Timothy Anderson of the East Bay Regional Parks District Police Department said Sunday in a statement that the 23-year-old mother from San Jose had a history of depression and appeared to have self-inflicted knife wounds on her wrist.

Police were called Saturday on reports of a damaged Honda sedan in the Del Valle Regional Park east of San Francisco. They found the car abandoned with the engine running and an empty child’s seat.

Police said the tragic string of events started around 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Del Valle Regional Park near Livermore. Witnesses reported seeing a woman acting erratically, yelling and ramming her car into a rock-wall at the end of Arroyo Road by Camp Arroyo.

Officers responded to the scene and found the woman’s Honda ditched on the side of the road not too far away.

At 12:30 p.m. officers spotted the woman, walking nearby, holding the lifeless infant in her arms.

“Officers on the scene at the time attempted to resuscitate the child and were unsuccessful. The child was declared dead by paramedics,” Anderson told KTVU.

Investigators said they believe the South Bay woman left her car and walked into the park where she stabbed her young son to death.

A pocket knife was found on a fire road in Camp Arroyo. Officials said they believe it was used in the crime.

Investigators add the woman also suffered injuries and was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.

Anderson told KTVU the woman may be suffering from some form of depression.

Investigators are hoping interviews conducted with the infant’s father and other family members will shed some light on this senseless and heartbreaking crime.