UPLAND, Calif. (AP) – A mother suspected of killing her baby girl in California threw her young son into a second floor apartment and flung himself to the water when police were arrival, the authorities announced Tuesday.
The mother and the one year old boy were hospitalized in a stable state, police said.
"It is very unusual – it is extremely tragic," said Upland police captain Marcelo Blanco. The name of the woman has not been published.
Officers at Upland, 40 km east of downtown Los Angeles, went to the building Tuesday after a neighbor called 911 to report that a child screamed or cried, said Mr. Blanco.
The woman then noticed that the mother of the child was holding him over the landing.
"She then dropped the child from the second floor," said the captain.
The boy fell from about 12 to 15 feet and the mother jumped when the police arrived, said Blanco. She landed face down, suffering facial injuries.
The police then carried out a security check of the second floor apartment and found the girl of the woman aged about 7 months inside. She did not breathe.
Her breathing was restored but she died in a hospital, said Blanco.
The cause of her death will be determined, but she would have a broken skull and internal injuries, he said.
The mother is considered a suspect in her death and the case is being investigated as a homicide, he said. The police had not yet determined a motive.
The distraught father spoke to the police but "has no idea what led to this," said the captain.
Blanco was not aware of the police call to the apartment before.