New Delhi: A woman in Oregon who is accused of repeatedly stabbing her 6-year-old son told police that “he deserved it,” say media reports.
A 6-year-old boy, suffering from multiple cuts, ran to a neighbour’s home on Saturday night, leaving a trail of blood behind him. When he got there, he told the neighbour that his mother had “just tried to kill him,” according to a probable cause affidavit. The neighbor then called 911 and tended to the child until paramedics arrived.
The child was rushed to a hospital, then flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, more than 100 miles away, with life-threatening wounds, said authorities.
Authorities later determined that the boy had been stabbed six times – one thrust potentially puncturing his lung and liver, according to court papers. 34-year-old Nemoria Villagomez, admitted to “cutting her son,” saying that the he “deserved it,” as per records.
Villagomez was arrested on charges including assault, attempted murder and aggravated attempted murder, according to a police statement. It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney.
Authorities said on Tuesday that the child has been listed in good condition and was “expected to be released from the hospital soon.”
Danielle Stringer told Fox affiliate KPTV that the boy’s mother “won’t talk” but that the authorities will determine what happened. “What 6-year-old boy is going to lie that his own mother stabbed him four times and nicked his liver?” she questioned.
When officers arrived on Saturday, Villagomez did not answer the door. The officers then entered the apartment, in an affordable-housing complex in Newport, Oregon, about 2-and-a-half hours from Portland, to discover Villagomez lying on her bed in the master bedroom with her 14-month-old son. She had blood on her limbs said the court documents.
The toddler not injured, police said, but authorities have since accused Villagomez of attempting to strangle him and causing him to “ingest methamphetamine,” KPTV reported, citing the court records. Her younger son was also taken to a hospital for evaluation and released into state custody, informed police.
In 2016, Villagomez was convicted of fourth-degree assault and sentenced to 30 days behind bars as well as five years’ probation, reported The Oregonian. Villagomez is lodged at Lincoln County Jail on $1.1 million bail, police said.
(With agency inputs)