Sheriff's deputies were called out to a northwest Harris County neighborhood yesterday after a passing driver saw a mother dragging her young son out of a house and throwing him onto the pavement. When police finally got there, they encountered a disturbing scene.
The mother, police say, had badly mutilated her son with a knife, stabbing the four-year-old boy all over his body, before dragging him out of the house to continue assaulting him in the driveway. The mother, 23-year-old Jenea Mungia, was topless when deputies arrived, according to KTRK. Medical responders airlifted the boy to Memorial Herman, taking him straight to surgery.
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"Evidently she was in some kind of state," Harris County sheriff's deputy Thomas Gilliland told the Chron. "The scene itself was a terrible one for deputies to arrive to."
Court records show Mungia was charged yesterday with felony injury to a child. The criminal complaint filed in court accuses her of stabbing and cutting the boy with a knife, hitting him with some other unknown object, and slamming his head on concrete.
Mungia has no other criminal history in Harris County. Records show she's set to appear before a judge on Monday.
Citing an unnamed family friend, the Chron reports that Mungia may have suffered from postpartum psychosis since her son was born.