A New Jersey woman decapitated her toddler son, put his head in a refrigerator and then stabbed herself to death Wednesday after dialing 911, police say.
Officers who responded to Chevonne Thomas' 911 call were in her home, unaware she was sitting upstairs, when they discovered the body of 2-year-old Zahree Thomas on the first floor. When they realized someone was on the second floor, most of the officers withdrew and set up a perimeter around the house until they could find a way to safely determine who was inside.
By the time they had gained access to the second floor, by going in through a window, Thomas, 33, was dead of a self-inflicted stab wound to her neck, said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor's office.
Laughlin spoke to reporters on the street outside the small house as people who knew Thomas sobbed loudly. Yellow police tape surrounded the home, where Thomas had lived only for a couple of months, according to neighbors who talked to local news media.