Here’s a pretty gruesome horror story for a Thursday morning:
Police in Camden, New Jersey found the body of Chevonne Thomas in the townhouse she shared with her 2-year-old son. Thomas apparently stabbed herself in the neck — but only after decapitating her son, whose body also was found in the home.
The kicker: Thomas had just regained custody of the boy five months ago, after New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families had removed 2-year-old Zahree Thomas from his mother’s care when she got busted smoking PCP in a park and leaving him unattended in a car.
The 2010 drug charges against Thomas ultimately were dropped because of a problem with a witness — but the boy remained in DCF custody.
Prior to slicing her own throat, Thomas called 9-1-1 to report that she’d murdered her son — and let authorities know that she takes the antidepressant drug Prozac.
“I didn’t take it today, but I should have,” she told a dispatcher in a recording of the incoherent rant released last night.
Initially, Thomas blamed her son’s murder on a boyfriend, but came clean before police arrived at her home to find the gruesome scene.
“You know what, I did it, I’m lying, I’m lying, I’m lying, I did it,” she told dispatchers.
The DCF says in a statement that it had been working with Thomas since giving her back custody of her son, and had been providing her with “extensive” support and counseling.
Regardless, the agency is now catching some heat over the dead 2-year-old that it returned to his clearly unfit mother.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 23, 2012