SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – San Jose police said a “distraught” mother tossed her 1-year-old baby boy out of a second-story window on Sunday morning, then jumped out herself.
San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer said the incident began around 11:45 a.m. when 24-year-old Lupita Cortez’s relatives called 911 to report that she had locked herself in the bedroom with the child at her apartment on Alden Way.
“They had some concerns over her frame of mind and her mental state. She was not responding to them and they called the police department,” Dwyer said. “When officers got to the scene, she either tossed or dropped the toddler out the window. Officers forced entry into the bedroom to try and gain control over her and she was sitting on the ledge of the window and jumped out herself.”
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Dwyer said both the baby and mother suffered injuries and were transported to Valley Medical Center.
“Miraculously, and thank goodness, the baby is going to be okay. The doctors have checked out the baby and he had some bumps and bruises, but nothing broken,” Dwyer said. “Non life-threatening at this point. They are going to keep the baby for observation overnight but it looks like he’s going to be just fine.”
Cortez is being held at the hospital for mental evaluations, although she was uncooperative when doctors tried to check her out. She did suffer at least a few broken bones after jumping from the window.
Dwyer said that they believe mental illness may have played a factor in the incident. She will be taken into custody once doctors are done treating her. Investigators are still trying to decide whether she will face criminal charges or be booked into another hospital for more psychiatric evaluations.
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