Camden woman who beheaded son regained custody 5 months ago

N.J. child welfare agency in spotlight after deaths of mom, boy

Published: 11:52 AM EDT Aug 23, 2012   Updated: 3:18 PM EDT Aug 23, 2012

New Jersey's child-welfare agency said it will review its role in the case of a mother who decapitated her 2-year-old son and killed herself just five months after regaining custody of the child.

The Department of Children and Families said it had been working with members of Chevonne Thomas' family to support the woman and her son, who were reunited under a court order in April.

Police on Wednesday found the body of 2-year-old Zahree Thomas on the first floor of the Camden rowhouse he shared with his mother. Chevonne Thomas fatally stabbed herself in the neck after calling 911 to report her son's slaying, authorities said.

Thomas lost custody of Zahree after being charged in 2010 with child endangerment.

Prosecutors said she lost custody in 2010 when she allegedly left the boy unattended in a car. At the time, authorities said she admitted to having smoked marijuana laced with PCP and blacking out in a park.