Camden mom decapitates child, stabs herself to death

Published: 4:43 PM EDT Aug 30, 2012   Updated: 1:12 PM EDT Aug 22, 2012
Woman beheaded son, killed herself

Authorities say a New Jersey woman decapitated her 2-year-old son before stabbing herself to death while police secured the scene outside her home.

Officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute at the Camden home around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say the woman, who had a history of mental problems, had barricaded herself inside after arguing with a man believed to be her boyfriend.

The Camden County prosecutor's office says 33-year-old Chevonne Thomas called 911 just after midnight to say something had happened to her child.

Spokesman Jason Laughlin says officers found 2-year-old Zahree Thomas' body on the first floor and the boy's head in the freezer.

Laughlin says 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 says the mother stabbed herself in the neck with a kitchen knife and died.