A 27-year-old woman from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, called 911 and told police dispatcher, “I killed my son.” The 911 call from the woman confessing that she strangled her 2-year-old son has been released. The unnamed woman called police on Thursday afternoon and reported that her toddler had been strangled to death at her hands. She told them she had killed her son, but that she wasn’t completely sure why.
The 911 call that began with the woman telling the dispatcher she had killed her son ended with her saying she had a knife, and police officers can then be heard in the background shouting for her to put down the knife. When the police arrived on the scene, they encountered a woman in the stairwell of an upper condominium who advanced toward them with a large butcher knife. She repeatedly ignored orders to drop the knife and get down on the ground, says a report from AOL News. According to Sheboygan Falls police chief Steven Riffel, police used a Taser twice to disarm the woman who “struggled aggressively” and didn’t follow instructions from officers. He said officers were wearing body cameras, so the entire struggle was recorded and will be available for review during the investigation and any court hearings.
Police then advanced into the home and found the child unresponsive in a room of the condominium. Emergency responders, including a police officer and county sheriff’s deputy, attempted to revive the child at the scene and en route to St. Nicholas Hospital but were unsuccessful. He was later pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital, according to the Sheboygan Press. Riffel said that although they believe the act was intentional and consider it a homicide, the investigation is still active.
“I was at the scene yesterday and I was actively involved with the investigation and it truly was a horrible situation and act.”
The woman at the scene is likely the mother of the child and is “probably” the voice on the 911 call that said she had killed her son, according to Riffel. Although the call was reported and dispatched as a strangulation, Riffel said they’ve not yet formally determined a cause of death. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday. Riffel emphasized that it was far too early to announce an official cause of death.
“Contrary to what may have been reported on social media or other venues, we do not state specifically that the child was strangled. That is how the original 911 call was sent to the field based upon the direct information communication officers received. We are awaiting further information to include the autopsy to be performed an additional follow up investigation prior to providing any further details.”
Although the woman’s boyfriend also lived in the condominium, only the woman and 2-year-old child were home at the time. The names of the victim and the suspect have not been released yet, pending notification of the family members and formal charges, says a report from WTMJ Milwaukee. Police have not yet been able to locate the boy’s biological father.
Upon arrest, the woman was initially taken to the Sheboygan Falls Police Department, but has since been transferred to the Sheboygan County Detention Center, where she is awaiting further charges. Once formal charges have been made, the woman will have an appearance before a judge on Monday, Aug. 8. Chief Riffel says police do have reason to believe the woman responsible is the mother of the child and the woman who confessed to killing him.
“Obviously, when you’re dealing with someone who intentionally caused the death of another person, you’re looking at very, very serious charges.”
When police dispatchers are told “I killed my son” in a chilling 911 call from a woman, the death of her 2-year-old boy must be taken seriously and given significant consideration in the investigation.
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