An already-volatile parenting situation in Camden, NJ, took a tragic turn for the worse last night when 33-year-old Chevvone Thomas and her 2-year-old son Zahree died in a murder-suicide.
According to the prosecution, Chevonne stabbed her son multiple times, then decapitated him and put his head in a freezer. Before stabbing herself to death with a kitchen knife, she called 911 just after midnight to tell them something had happened to Zahree, initially blaming the attack on a boyfriend, then admitting to committing the murder herself.
“The information they were receiving was very muddled, but it led them to believe there was a child that was in jeopardy,” Camden County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Jason Laughlin told NBC Philadelphia.
Chevonne, who leaves behind an 18-year-old daughter, reportedly stabbed herself just minutes before investigators arrived at her home around 12:30 am. Instantly, they found the boy’s body on the first floor of the home and his head in the freezer. Later, officers noticed the mother’s body upstairs.
“Everybody here is very shaken up. (Someone) from my office says it’s one of the most grisly things he’s seen on the job,” Laughlin added.