A mother from Buckeye, Arizona allegedly shot her 2-year-old son to death before trying to commit suicide with a knife. Alyssa Pettibone, 26, was arrested on Monday for the second-degree murder of her son Hudson Pettibone. Buckeye police spokeswoman Tamela Skaggs told Fox News that the toddler was shot once. He died on the scene, Buckeye police said in a press release.
After allegedly shooting her son, The Associated Pressreported that the mother then tried to shoot herself with the same gun, but it didn’t work out. The bullet was reportedly loaded backwards. So instead, Pettibone allegedly tried killing herself with a knife.
On Friday, someone called 911 to report a shooting at Pettibone’s household, a home she shared with her parents and her son, Fox News reported. When police arrived they made the grim discovery of the shot toddler. They transferred his mother to a hospital when they saw her stab wounds.
The incident confused the mother’s neighbors.
"There was somebody injured, but no suspects, so I was thinking accident or accidental shooting," Jeff Morris told Fox 10 Phoenix. "I don't understand why a mother would do that to her child. You hear a lot about this. Holidays bring out the worst in people, I guess.”
Police do not believe the shooting was an accident, and they have been trying to determine a motive for the killing.
Pettibone is currently being held on $750,000 bail. It is unclear if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time.
When interviewed by the police, she allegedly said she was sorry for what she did, adding that she knew she was in "deep, deep, deep."
She also said, according to AZ Central, "No one would understand I..." before trailing off.
Police reportedly jotted down that she may be mentally disturbed.
[Maricopa County Sheriff's Department]
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