SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — Authorities have booked a 24-year-old San Jose woman who dropped her toddler out of a second-story window on charges of attempted murder and child abuse.

The 22-month old boy survived the fall on Christmas Day with bumps and bruises.

Authorities say his mother, Lupita Cortez, also was treated for broken bones in her feet after she jumped from the same window when officers arrived.

San Jose Police spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer said Monday that Cortez has a history of mental illness but he said he could not give details because of medical privacy laws.

In addition to attempted murder and child abuse, Cortez also was booked into Santa Clara County’s main jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

KCBS’ Bob Butler Reports:

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Comments (2)
  1. Ann Mason says:

    I’m wondering how many other children are living with parents whose mental disturbances pose a threat. We don’t have a good system for identifying those homes, and when the kids are removed for their own protection they are often forced into other dangerous environments. We should be looking at the responsibility of society and the state. I suspect the assumption that the parent is always right is the main problem here. It is politically incorrect to identify unfit parents, and the children of those people suffer because of it.

    1. tn says:

      So does society- you and I get to socially finance this mother’s illness in the form of social programming. Lots of expense on the administrative side, much less for the recipients. There must be more to this story that we do not know about. Hopefully the child (and mother) gets the support and family help they need.

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