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Police: Mother Says ‘Demon’ Took Over As She Drowned 3-Year-Old Son

Weekend Bathtub Incident In Las Vegas
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Christine Allen / Metro Police booking photo

Christine Allen / Metro Police booking photo

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LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — A mother accused of drowning her 3-year-old son says that demons took over and voices in her head told her to drown the boy as he took a bath, Metro Police report.

According to the arrest report, Allen told police she heard voices and “a demon inside of me took over,” before allegedly drowning her three-year-old son, Noah Lane Allen, as he struggled to escape her grasp and bring his head back above the surface, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

Allen, 30, said she had been reclined in bed on Saturday and was feeling symptoms related to depression as Noah took a bath.

According to the Metro Police arrest report released on Monday, Allen said she went into the bathroom and asked her son if he wanted to go swimming, and the 3-year-old at first answered yes. At this point, Allen got into the tub and held her son’s head under water. The boy struggled to bring his head back above the water and told his mother that he didn’t want to go swimming anymore.

But Allen allegedly pushed her son’s head back under the water.

On Saturday, Allen was booked into Clark County Detention Center, on one count of open murder in her son’s drowning. Clark County prosecutors today charged her with murder.

Police Lt. Ken Romine says the boy’s mother, 30-year-old Christine Allen, called 911 just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Firefighters tried to resuscitate him at the home in Rock Springs Vista Condos, near Buffalo and Vegas Dr. But he later was pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital.

According to KVVU-TV, Allen expressed to police that eviction and divorce were deepening her depression. documents show that Allen told police her son would be better off with God and better off dead than being part of a split family.

No other children were home at the time.

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