CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey's most
impoverished city responding to a mother's 911 call found the woman's
decapitated 2-year-old son before she stabbed herself to death early Wednesday,
Chevonne Thomas, 33, called 911 just after midnight to say something had
happened to her child and it "sounded like she had done it," Camden County
Prosecutor's Office spokesman Jason Laughlin said.
Officers found Zahree Thomas' body on the first floor of the home on Kaighn
Avenue and the boy's head in the freezer.
The child's mother was upstairs still talking to the 911 operator when
officers backed out of the home because they didn't know if she was armed,
The mother stabbed herself in the neck with a kitchen knife and died,
There was no immediate word on how long Thomas and the boy had lived at the
address or whether anyone else was home.
Camden, which lies across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, has been
plagued by poverty and high crime rates.