Skooter reporting 08/24/12
A woman who regained custody of her toddler and who had admitted to drug use beheaded the boy, put his head in her freezer and critically stabbed herself while police officers stood outside her home, authorities said Wednesday.
Chevonne Thomas, 33, called 911 after she killed her 2-year-old son, Zahree, just after midnight, then fatally knifed herself while officers were outside, police said.
Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor said that at the time of the call, she first accused her boyfriend of stabbing the boy, but then said time after time "I did it, I did it.” Laughlin said the call was long, rambling, very incoherent.
A toxicology test has been conducted and the results will be needed to determine if Thomas was high on drugs at the time.
In November 2010, Thomas had lost custody of Zahree after supposedly leaving the boy alone in a car and confessing to police she had smoked marijuana laced with PCP and blacked out in a nearby park, authorities said.
In April, she got back custody of the boy, Laughlin said. In the 2010 case, Thomas was charged with child endangerment but the case was dismissed because of a problem with a witness, Laughlin said.
Early Wednesday, officers responding to Thomas’s 911 call found Zahree’s body on the first floor of the home, and in the freezer, they found the boy’s head. While the mother was upstairs still talking to the 911 operator, the officers backed out of the home because they didn’t know if she was armed. The mother stabbed herself in the neck using a kitchen knife, seemingly within five minutes of hanging up on dispatchers, Laughlin said.
Police attempted to get her to open a door but at the end they had to break through a second-story window.
A chest stab wound and marks on the child’s arms was also found by a medical examiner, Laughlin said.
Records show Thomas faced dozens of judgments and liens filed in civil court in New Jersey dating back to 2002.
The state's child welfare agency, the Division of Children and Families, had no immediate comment