*It wasn’t long ago when another news story about a mother trying to drown her children caught our attention. Now, NBC 5 reports that a mother has been arrested following her attempt to drown her two young daughters.
Thanks to her 18-year-old son, her attempt was unsuccessful.
The woman’s family asks that the public not judge her on one incident that happened in her life.
While your response might be are they serious? You might want to read on first.
This all allegedly came about after the girls pleaded with their mother, 35-year-old Sonya Ann Gardner, for snacks.
According to neighbors, the woman’s son, Jydesmon Gardner, was walking by the apartment in the 3300 block of Southern Oaks Thursday night when he heard screams. According to a police affidavit, the son forced his way into the apartment, and saw that his mother was trying to drown his sisters in the bathtub.
Then he went into action.
Witnesses told the police that the son fired a warning gunshot, then grabbed one of his sisters and exited the apartment; before returning to get the other.
The front door had been locked, so he kicked it in, witnesses said.
Gardner, is now jailed on a $1 million bond on two counts of attempted capital murder of a child, according to police records. She has no listed attorney, and admitted to police that she had smoked marijuana laced with PCP earlier in the evening, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
“We were fixing to die,” the 6-year-old told officers according to the affidavit, adding that her mother tried to “drown us in the bath.”
Both girls stayed with neighbors until police arrived and were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Jydesmon Gardner left the scene before officers arrived because of an outstanding parole violation warrant in an unrelated case, police said.
“It appears that his actions may have saved the lives of these two children,” police Maj. Rob Sherwin told reporters and appealed for him to turn himself in for questioning as a witness.
Family Says Mother Loves the Kids And Would Never Do Anything Like This
According to NBC 5, Sonya Gardner’s family says she is a great mother raising four kids on her own.
“I think everything that they charged her with is wrong, if anybody knew my cousin they would know that Sonya don’t do no type of stuff like this at all,” said Gardner’s cousin Rayniesha Isaac. “She loves them girls with everything, they don’t have to cry or want for anything.”
Child Protective Services confirms Gardner has no history with the agency.
The family blames tainted marijuana for Gardner’s violent behavior.
“I feel like somebody laced her with some bad stuff and people do things like that because they’re just sick in the head,” said Lolita Isaac.
The family also claimed that Gardner had gone to a medical facility for treatment, but had to wait for hours in the emergency room, then left without receiving any medical attention.
“They did take her to the hospital she was not able to be seen because it was packed and I just feel like had she stayed a little longer she would have got the help and none of this would have ever happened,” said Gardner’s cousin Lolita Isaac.
Court records show Gardner has only one arrest, 14 years ago, for marijuana possession.
NBC 5’s Randy McIlwain and Frank Heinz contributed to this report.
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