An 11-year-old nonverbal, autistic Minnesota boy is in serious condition after police say his own mother threw him out of a balcony of an apartment building.
NBC 11 reports that the incident happened at the 700 block of Hampden Avenue on Monday morning. Authorities responded at around 8:40 a.m. to what they initially thought was an attempted suicide, but after talking to the victim’s younger brother, they learned that the child’s mother was allegedly behind the incident.
“Through the course of their interviews and investigations they discovered (the suspect) had gone into the child’s bedroom, dragged him out of his bunk bed and thrown him off the balcony,” St. Paul Police spokesperson Steve Linders said. “We don’t know what would make someone do this or why (the suspect) would do that.”
“He was injured pretty badly. He had a broken femur, fractured jaw, and some serious head injuries.”
According to CBS Minnesota, the child’s mother, who has been identified as Itayvia Lloyd, 33, told investigators that she flew into a fit of rage and lashed out at the boy.
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Authorities found the woman sitting naked in a bathtub inside her apartment and arrested her. While questioning her later at the police station, she allegedly screamed, ripped up papers and tried to take her clothes off.
“I threw that kid off that balcony,” she reportedly said. “He really fell. For real.”
The 6-year-old reportedly told police that the woman attacked the boy after getting into a fight with her girlfriend of three years. When authorities interviewed the other woman, she reportedly said that Lloyd seemed “out of her mind,” but denied that they had been fighting.
The following day, Lloyd allegedly said she indeed was fighting with her girlfriend and snapped. She reportedly admitted that the 11-year-old was the target of her aggression because of his disabilities and because raising him alone had been a difficult task.
Lloyd allegedly admitted that she was trying to kill the child. She’s now behind bars facing charges of attempted murder. Bail has been set at $50,000.
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