Mother Accused of Fatally Stabbing 5-Month-Old Son
Investigators have arrested 29-year-old Andrea Portillo for allegedly killing her baby boy.
Police in Arizona have arrested a mother in the horrific stabbing death of her own baby son.
Officers from the Buckeye Police Department responded to a home in the Maricopa County town at about 12:30 p.m. Monday after someone called to report a stabbing, Sgt. Jason Weeks said.
When first responders arrived, they discovered the injured 5-month-old boy, who was airlifted to a hospital in serious condition, KPHO reported. He later died.
"We do have a suspect in custody," Sgt. Weeks said following the boy's death.
The suspect was later identified as his mother, 29-year-old Andrea Portillo.
Portillo was charged Monday with second-degree murder and child abuse.
The shocking revelation stunned neighbors, who recalled the family as typical for the Phoenix suburb.
"They seemed just like the 9-5 work, school, dinner — that kind of thing," Joseph Remele said.
Police said there are two older children who live in the home.
"Obviously its tragic for the family, we still have to work with them to get them grief counseling and everything else," Weeks said.
Meanwhile, investigators are still piecing together what may have led to the child's gruesome death.
"It's still a dynamic and fluid situation, so it's going to be a while until we found out what exactly happened," Weeks said.
Portillo remains held on $500,000 as she awaits her next court date on February 7.
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