Lakeland, Florida woman Neha Patel committed a heartless crime when she allegedly put her 1-year old son, Isham Patel, in a bathtub filled with water and allowed him to drown.
The NY Post reported that 32-year old Neha realized Isham was unconscious about 10 minutes after she put him in the tub, and refused to due CPR even though she knew how to perform the procedure.
After Neha allegedly let Isham drown, she drove to Tampa International Airport where she said she planned on jumping off a building and killing herself. Thankfully, Neha was spotted by police at the airport before committing another wrongful act.
When confronted by authorities Neha said she “hated” her son, Isham, since he was born and blamed him for her “state of mind.” Authorities believe Neha may be suffering from post-partum depression of birth, in which mother develop feelings of anxiety and irritability with their offspring.
She now faces charges of first-degree murder.
As reported by the NY Daily News:
From the day her son was born, Neha Patel said, she hated him.
Patel, 32, was arrested early Friday afternoon by Tampa International Airport Police, who found her sitting in her Toyota Sienna van in the airport parking lot. She told investigators she planned to jump off the parking garage roof, but every time she attempted to commit suicide someone walked by.
Her husband, Rasesh Patel, last saw his wife and son when he left at 7:20 a.m. Thursday to drop his 4-year-old daughter off at preschool and go to work, Polk sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer said.
While at work Thursday, he tried calling his wife at home between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., before going home at 1:30 p.m. and finding them gone, Eleazer said.
Rasesh Patel called police Thursday evening to report his wife and son missing, saying she suffered from depression and hadn’t been taking her medication, Eleazer said.
Neha Patel came home between 2 and 2:40 a.m. Friday, and was confronted by her husband. She took the baby to his room and placed him in his crib, telling her husband she drowned their son, the sheriff’s office said.
She became angry when she heard her husband calling relatives. Before driving off, she told her husband she didn’t want to go to prison and was going to kill herself, according to the sheriff’s office.
Neha Patel drove to Tampa International Airport again, where she was arrested.
What a sad incident. Our condolences go out to the family of Isham.
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