Mother, toddler dead in decapitation-suicide

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - Police say a New Jersey mother apparently decapitated her 2-year-old boy and put his head in the freezer of their home before she fatally stabbed herself.

Chevonne Thomas, 33, called 911 just after midnight to say something had happened to her child and it "sounded like she had done it," said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the county prosecutor's office.

Officers found Zahree Thomas' body on the first floor of the Camden home and the boy's head in the freezer.

The child's mother was upstairs still talking to the 911 operator when officers backed out of the home because they didn't know if she was armed, Laughlin said.

The mother stabbed herself in the neck with a kitchen knife and died, Laughlin said.

There was no immediate word on how long Thomas and the boy had lived at the address. Police don't believe anyone else was in the house.

Camden, which lies across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, has been plagued by poverty and high crime rates.

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