Toronto Sun

October 28, 2001

Woman tries to kill son: Police

6-year-old put in tub

By KIM BRADLEY -- Toronto Sun

A woman recently separated from her husband has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to drown her six-year-old son in the bathtub of their Niagara Falls home.

The woman's relatives and staff at St. Catharines General hospital called police just before 8 p.m. Friday after the youngster was brought in with water in his lungs, Niagara Police Det.-Sgt. Paul Thibert said.

"The hospital and the family member phoned us simultaneously," he said.

The boy is in fair condition.

The investigation revealed the boy had been held underwater in the bath and was freed before he took in a fatal amount of water. Moments later his mother tried to electrocute herself in the bath, Thibert said.

'DISTRAUGHT'

The 27-year-old woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her two children, ages 6 and 3, had called her family from her Eastwood Cres. home in downtown Niagara Falls after the alleged drowning attempt, Thibert said.

"She was distraught when she called," he explained.

The first of two family members to arrive discovered the injured boy and drove him to the hospital. By the time the second family member arrived, the woman had tried to kill herself but wasn't hurt, Thibert said.

The woman and her husband recently separated, he said.

Yesterday the woman's neighbours couldn't believe what had gone on in such a seemingly happy household.

"It's baffling all the neighbours," said an upset woman who lives across the road. "It's very shocking."

The woman was taken to the Greater Niagara General Hospital, where she remains under psychiatric care.

The boy's three-year-old sister is with social services pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.

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