Thursday, August 23, 2012
Camden, New Jersey: A black mother decapitated a 2-year-old son whom she only recently regained custody of before stabbing herself to death
Chevonne Thomas, 33, and her son, Zahree Thomas, were found dead by police who stormed their home after responding to a 911 call after midnight from the woman saying that someone had harmed her son. The headless child was found on the first floor, his mother in her second floor bedroom. The boy's head was found in the freezer. When police first arrived, Chevonne Thomas was still on the phone with emergency operators. Not knowing if she was armed or if anyone else was still in the home, police retreated and formed a perimeter. By the time cops broke a second floor window and entered the residence, the woman was found dead from a self-inflicted stab wound to her neck. The shocking crime stunned cops hardened from decades of experience in one of the country's most violent cities. African-American Chevonne Thomas was previously arrested in November 2010 for endangering the welfare of a child. She left Zahree unattended in a vehicle for an unspecified amount of time. Thomas told officials that she had smoked "wet," a mixture of PCP and marijuana, before blacking out and forgetting where she had left her then-10-month-old son.