Mother shoot the toddler to death, Arizona police say

Alyssa Pettibone, in addition to her mugshot on the right.

(Buckeye Police Faculty/ Maricopa County Sheriff ‘ s Department)

A 2-year-old boy was shot to death by his mother, who then tried to kill himself with a knife, Arizona authorities said.

The mother, Alyssa Pettibone, 26, was arrested Monday in the second-degree murder charges after she was treated at a hospital for stab wounds, Buckeye police said.

Buckeye police spokeswoman Tamela Skaggs told Fox News on Tuesday that the toddler was shot once. They said that his name is not being released because he is a minor.

The police discovered the boy after getting a 911 call about a shooting in a home on Friday afternoon, police said.

Pettibone was found in the house with stab wounds and taken to the hospital. “There’s someone injured, but none of the suspects, so I was thinking accident or an accidental shooting,” neighbor Jeff Morris told Fox 10 Phoenix.

“I don’t understand why a mother would do that to her child,” he said. “You hear a lot about. Holidays bring out the worst in people, I think.”

Pettibone was jailed on the murder charge after her discharge from the hospital. Her parents lived the arrest, the station reported.

Prosecutors asked for bail, told the court that Pettibone was a danger to herself because she had tried to committ suicide. She was ordered held on $ 750,000 cash bail, the station reported.

Pettibone lived in the house with her son and her parents, CBS 5 Phoenix reported.



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