A mother in Detroit, Michigan, was taken into police custody over the weekend after allegedly stabbing her 2-year-old son in the chest.
Police claim the mother drove her son to his father’s home on Saturday morning, April 2. By the time she got there, the child had already been stabbed once in the chest. It was not immediately clear what weapon had been used.
The father allegedly responded by quickly transporting the toddler to a nearby hospital for treatment prior to police arriving on the scene. Thankfully, he is expected to fully recover from his injuries.
Though the investigation is in its early stages, police said they believe the mother is the one who committed the shocking crime.
“The evidence and everything we have points to [her being] the one who actually committed this,” said Detroit Police Commander Arnold Williams.
Williams noted that the mother — who has not been identified by police or the local media — initially argued that her boyfriend, the child’s father, was responsible for stabbing the child. But early evidence pointed in the opposite direction.
“The boyfriend was at his home sleeping. He had cameras around his house, so at this time we believe the mother was responsible for the violence against her own child,” Williams said.
Investigators are still trying to determine a motive in the case as well as work out exactly when and where the violence was committed. At this point, they believe it happened in the car on the way over to the father’s house.
In a media interview near the scene of the crime, Williams expressed shock and frustration at the violence.
“Children are those gems that we protect, and any time that they are the victims of violence that we perpetrate on them is a sad thing,” he said. “We have violence that occurs throughout our city all the time, and this violence is perpetrated by the mother of her own child.”
2-year-old boy stabbed in chest; mother is in custody