Woman Allegedly Throws Her Babies Out the Window Before Jumping Herself

WindowA 35-year-old Las Vegas woman apparently suffering from depression is being investigated for an attempted murder-suicide involving her two very young children.

Police say the woman threw her 6-month-old son and 2-year-old daughter out of a second-story window at her house before she jumped herself. The incident occurred around 6 a.m. Thursday morning. All three lived, but the children are in critical condition, and mom may never walk again thanks to a spinal cord injury that could leave her paralyzed.

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The woman, who has not been identified, could be charged with attempted murder by child abuse. Metro Police Lt. Dan McGrath said, "Family members were home. They forced their way into the room. When they looked out the window, they saw the individuals on the ground, and that was how the call was generated from the family."

Ugh, what could possess a mother to do such a thing? A family friend, Tinora Lemus, said she hadn't even known anything was off. She shared, "She never seemed sad. She always seemed happy."

Neighbors had no clue either and wished she had asked for some help. Stephen Drapala said, "It can only be fixed through help. We have to reach out to help people, and people need to reach out when they need help."

Lt. McGrath echoed the sentiments. "If somebody's out there feeling like they are at the end, or they can't face what's going on, we don't want people to think that there's nobody to help them, because we will find help for them," he said.

It's so true. Depression is an ugly beast, and when you're in the midst of it, it can bring a person to a place where they feel there's absolutely no hope of anything ever getting better. Combine that chemical imbalance with the stress of taking care of two babies, and who knows what else -- this woman likely needs help more than anything if the allegations are true.

It may not feel like it, but there's always another way out than harming yourself or your children.

Please, if you feel suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Do you think women in cases like this should face child abuse charges?

 

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