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Details Emerge About Woman Who Fatally Stabbed Her Baby at Del Valle Regional Park

Police say the mother had a history of depression.

Screenshot of East Bay Regional Parks website showing Arroyo side of Del Valle where a mother allegedly stabbed her daughter to death.
Screenshot of East Bay Regional Parks website showing Arroyo side of Del Valle where a mother allegedly stabbed her daughter to death.
By AUTUMN JOHNSON and wires

A 23-year-old San Jose woman was arrested for the fatal stabbing of her 7-month-old baby boy in a rural area near Livermore on Saturday, according to East Bay Regional Park District Police.

[Related article: Mother Fatally Stabs 1-Year-Old Daughter in Del Valle Regional Park]
 
Police received a call reporting a vehicle accident at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Arroyo Road near the Wente Vineyards, park police said.

KTVU reported that witnesses saw a woman "acting erratically, yelling and ramming her car into a rock wall."
 
Officers from the EBRPD Police and the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene and found a badly damaged 2013 Honda sedan abandoned on the roadway near the EBRPD Camp Arroyo facility.
 
The car's engine was running and there was an empty child car seat inside, park police said. Officers searched the area, including Arroyo Park, Lake Del Valle Dam, Wente Vineyards and the Veteran's Administration Hospital, but could not locate the driver.
 
At about 12:30 p.m., as officers were preparing to the tow vehicle away, believing it to be a hit-and-run collision, a woman carrying a baby approached them, according to park police. Officers contacted the woman, whose name has not yet been released to the public, and noticed the baby was non-responsive, police said.
 
The officers attempted to resuscitate the baby, but were unsuccessful. The baby, who suffered multiple stab wounds, was declared deceased by paramedics at the scene, park police said.
 
According to park police, the woman told the officers she had stabbed the baby and was subsequently arrested. Alameda County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab personnel responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

A knife, believed to be the weapon in the homicide, was found at the scene, park police said. The mother was found suffering from an apparent self-inflicted stab wound to her wrist and was treated at a nearby hospital before being released into police custody.
 
Park police detectives contacted the woman's family members in San Jose in an attempt to determine a motive for the fatal stabbing. Detectives have determined that the woman had a history of depression but are still working to determine a motive.
 
Detectives believe the woman acted alone, but park police detectives and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office are continuing to interview her to gain more information.
 
The deceased victim was turned over to the Alameda County coroner's bureau and a forensic examination is scheduled for later this week. Detectives are trying to locate additional family members and plan to release the suspect's name today after speaking with her family and obtaining more information, park police said.
 
Anyone who may have seen the suspect or her vehicle in the Arroyo Del Valle area on Saturday morning is urged to contact EBRPD investigators at (510) 881-1833.

The 4,395 acre park is located at 7000 Del Valle Road in Livermore. 

Bay City News contributed this report.
Desert Rat April 29, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Sorry Geoff, you are a bit late. Society started collapsing with FDR...
Michele Taylor April 29, 2014 at 11:22 PM
She is absolutely disgusting and should be put to the electric chair!
Robert Homer April 30, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Prison for life or a nut ward for life if she is found to be Insane . May the baby rest in peace.
Emily Edwins May 03, 2014 at 04:54 AM
It's called Post-Partum Psychosis/Depression, look it up people
Monica Katusich May 15, 2014 at 02:44 AM
Post partum is powerful and taken lightly by many yet abused by others

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