Police Find Mother With Butcher Knife, 2-Year-Old Dead in Wisconsin Condo

The mother was tased twice after advancing towards officers and ignoring commands to drop the knife and to get down on the ground, police said

A Wisconsin woman is in custody following the death of her 2-year-old son.

Police say officers were called to a condominium in Sheboygan Falls Thursday afternoon to find a 27-year-old mother in a stairway armed with a large butcher knife.

One neighbor, Dianna Thompson, said she was pulling into her driveway in the neighborhood when she saw swarms of officers screaming, NBC 5 affiliate WTMJ reports.

"'Drop the knife!'" she recalled to WTMJ. "And they kept hollering that and hollering that."

Sheboygan Falls Police Chief Steven Riffel says an officer was forced to use a stun gun when the woman refused to drop the knife and advanced toward officers. The mother was stunned a second time when she continued to struggle and threaten officers with the knife as they tried to restrain her, according to police.

Bob Thompson said he was in his home when his wife Dianna came running inside to tell him the scene she witnessed, according to WTMJ. He then went outside to see a sight he wished he didn’t.

"I'd seen the little legs and the little arms and my heart kinda sunk," he told WTMJ. "I looked up and I said, 'You know, God please don't let that little baby die.”

Officers found the little boy injured in a room inside the condo. He was rushed to St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, where he was pronounced dead.

Further details surrounding the child’s cause of death and the state he was found in have not been made available.

"We believe, based on our observations at the scene, our investigation and speaking to many individuals, that this was an intentional act," Riffel said.

Police said the boy’s father does not live in the area and that the woman's live-in boyfriend was at work and not home at the time.

The mother is currently awaiting charges at the Sheboygan County Detention Center.

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