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, authorities said.
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, Laughlin said.
The mother stabbed herself in the neck with a kitchen knife and died, Laughlin said.
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.