Camden Tot Mom Tells 911 “I Did It” in Grisly Murder-Suicide
The Camden woman who apparently decapitated her two year-old son Zahree Thomas and put his head in the freezer before fatally stabbing herself , had just regained custody of the boy five months ago.
Prosecutors say Chevonne Thomas had lost custody of Zahree Thomas in 2010 when she allegedly left the boy unattended in a car. At the time authorities say she admitted having smoked marijuana laced with PCP and blacking out in a park.
Thomas apparently decapitated Zahree Thomas in their Camden home before calling 911 just after midnight Tuesday. Authorities say she then stabbed herself in the neck while police were outside.
Prosecutors say during the 911 call she first accused her boyfriend of stabbing her child, then admitted "I did it."
Zahree Thomas Autopsy results back
"It was a gruesome discovery that has shaken the prosecutor's office, first responders, everyone in this community" said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman with the Camden County Prosecutor's office.
He said they completed an autopsy on the child.
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"We found multiple stab wounds and we are still looking at a few things at this point," said Laughlin.
In response to the tragic incident, Camden Mayor Dana Redd in collaboration with the Camden Police Department, is offering community support counseling for Camden residents.
The community support counseling will take place today at Bethel Deliverance Church Camden, located at 812 Kaighns Avenue, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.; and tomorrow through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Community clergy members and support staff members from the Congress of Resident and Community Based Organizations and the Camden Police Department will be available during these times to assist and counsel Camden residents.
“My deepest sympathy goes out to the young child, family members and friends,” Mayor Redd said. “As the investigation into the circumstances that lead to this tragic incident moves forward, we need to remember that all life matters. I have asked that the members of the Congress of Resident and Community Based Organizations and the Camden Police Department who took part in a chaplaincy training program be available to counsel any family member, friend, neighbor or Camden resident who seeks support. In the City of Camden, we are all family and we will be there to help throughout the healing process.”