Talae Thomas (pictured) of Plant City, Fla. allegedly confessed to killing her 5-week-old son because she though he was the devil, according to the Associated Press.
Little Chase Harrison’s body was found floating in Thomas’ bathtub last week. Plant City detectives say Thomas, 30, confessed to drowning her baby on Nov. 15 to “kill the devil.” She is being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail on first-degree murder and aggravated assault charges. There is a possibility that she suffers from some form of mental illness.
Local police found Thomas lying on a street median on Nov. 15. She reportedly told the cops that she had lost her baby a week earlier and was still bleeding, according to a search warrant the news agency obtained. The mother was rushed to the hospital while the police entered her apartment to notify her family. They found the apartment door open upon arrive and discovered the baby floating in a child’s tub inside the main bathtub.
When Thomas was confronted about her son’s drowning at the hospital, she allegedly told a detective that she had to kill the devil.
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“My baby died five weeks ago in the hospital. I brought the devil home; mine died in the hospital after they did CPR on him. The baby started talking to me and I knew he was the devil. He was the devil, so I killed him. I drowned the devil that was in my baby,” Thomas said, according to an affidavit obtained by the AP.
Thomas’ family said that she suffered a breakdown four years ago and has hallucinations.
In the St. Louis area, three mothers killed their children and themselves within a six-month period this year. A psychologist interviewed by the St. Louis-Dispatch in connection to the deaths says that such cases rare. “Mothers don’t kill their children unless they are very ill,” said Diane Sanford, a psychologist who has written two books on postpartum depression.”They believe they are protecting their children from having a life of misery and suffering,” Sanford said.
According to New York Public Radio, it is impossible to determine how many parents kill their children each year because they are often classified as homicides. Cheryl Meyer, professor of psychology at Wright State University in Ohio, who co-wrote two books on maternal filicide, told the radio station that more than 100 cases of maternal filicides occurred annually during the 1990s.