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2 Children Dead After Chicago Woman Leaps From 11th Story Apartment
“This is an immensely tragic incident & our thoughts are with residents of that building & first responders working the case," a police spokesman said.
A Chicago woman is accused of leaping from the window of an 11th story apartment with her 1-year-old son after stabbing a male relative.
The woman and 70-year-old man survived, but they are currently in critical condition at an area hospital. The 1-year-old died along with another child, 2, who was found unresponsive in a bathtub of the apartment, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune.
Police were called to the South Shore Drive apartment around 1:45 a.m. on Thursday after receiving a report of a "person down." When they arrived at the scene, they found a woman in her 30s and her 1-year-old son on the ground outside the apartment complex.
Two more victims were found in an 11th story apartment — a 70-year-old man who had sustained severe stab wounds to his face and body, and a 2-year-old with head lacerations. The child had also been scaled by burning water.
The man was able to tell police that his daughter "began stabbing him and then jumped from the 11th floor with her 1-year-old-son,” according to the Tribune. Detectives, however, believe the woman is actually the man's granddaughter, and they are “operating under the assumption that these are the woman’s children but need to confirm that," said Guglielmi.
The Chicago Police Department was unable to confirm the relationship to Oxygen.com due to privacy reasons.
“We are working to confirm relationships of everyone to each other,” Guglielmi said in a tweet Thursday. “This is an immensely tragic incident & our thoughts are with residents of that building & first responders working the case.”
Guglielmi said investigators are trying to determine if the woman jumped with the 1-year-old or threw the boy out first. The positions of the body suggest he may have been thrown out, reported AP News.
Detectives have yet to determine a motive for the shocking crime, and they are continuing to investigate the incident.