West Philadelphia

Mom in Custody After Boy Is Killed in Bathtub, Philly Police Say

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A 5-year-old boy died after his father found him face down in a bathtub with a cut to his neck. The man also found his wife in the bedroom cutting herself, Philadelphia police said.

The boy’s mother was being evaluated after the boy was found unresponsive in a tub of water inside their Pine Street apartment in West Philadelphia around 10 p.m. Monday. The boy had what appeared to be a cut to his neck, police said.

The boy was rushed to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead about an hour later.

The boy's 50-year-old father found his 40-year-old wife cutting her wrist in the bedroom, police said. The woman was taken to the hospital with what police said appeared to be self-inflicted cuts. She was conscious and talking while listed in stable condition.

The mom and son were home alone at the time, police said. Investigators called the incident a homicide and an attempted suicide.

Once the woman is done being treated, homicide detectives will be picking her up, investigators said. She’ll either go in for questioning or to a mental health facility. 

No charges have been filed as of late Tuesday morning.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: If you are in crisis, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting 'Home' to 741741.

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