SAN LEANDRO (BCN) — A San Leandro woman has been arrested for allegedly murdering her 8-year-old daughter in what appears to have been a botched murder-suicide, according to police.

About 1 p.m. Friday, police responded to the 1300 block of Leonard Drive after being contacted by a woman who was a care provider for the little girl. The girl suffered from physical and mental disabilities, police said.

The woman told officers that she found the mother and child inside a car in the home’s garage with a running motor and a hose leading from the tail pipe to the interior, according to police.

The mother was conscious when the care provider found her, but the girl was not, police said.

Alameda County fire officials transported mother and child to local hospitals. Subsequently, the girl was pronounced dead by medical staff.

The mother, 53-year-old Christel Johnson, is expected to survive, police said.

This case is being actively investigated as the third homicide in San Leandro this year, according to police.

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Comments (7)
  1. JaneQPublic says:

    This is just sad. I can only imagine the desperation this mom must have felt…..

    At least CO inhalation is a relatively gentle way to go.

  2. Hope I Could Help says:

    All women in similar situations thinking that this is the only way, YOU’RE WRONG!!! Be patient, GIVE IT TIME! Time will help you all, time will help getting rid of these feelings. Live one day at a time, if that’s too difficult, live one hour at a time. There are people you can call, someone will listen and will understand, and will feel what you’re going through. Please don’t do this, life is too precious and many want it, even at a time where you wonder if it’s really worth it.

    1. mscott says:

      so it’s just women who suffer the hardships of having a child with special needs. Get a clue.

  3. How come says:

    My wife wanted so badly to have a baby….she never could and this “person” murders hers…..what a waste. There is a special place in hell for you

  4. WalkAMileInAnothersMoccasins says:

    I wonder – did your wife (or you) long for a child with mental & physical disabilities that required 24 hour care and for whom there would probably never be a ‘normal’ life? THAT is a ‘special kind of hell’…..

    Just wondering….

  5. Rot in prison says:

    If you want to kill yourself, go for it. But don’t take the children with you.

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