Woman accused of killing 2-year-old son in Sheboygan Falls

The cause of his death is unknown at this time
Posted at 9:51 AM, Aug 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-05 17:51:29-04

SHEBOYGAN FALLS -- A 27-year-old woman has been arrested following the death her 2-year-old son.

Police were called at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday to the 700 block of Woodview Ave.

When officers approached the residence, they came upon the woman in a stairway. 

"The confrontation with the female suspect is caught on body camera. She was armed with a butcher knife advancing on the officers," Sheboygan Falls police chief Steven Riffel said.

Riffel said she initially ignored the officers commands to drop the knife and to get down on the ground. When she eventually dropped the knife and an officer came in close to restrain her, she moved up again and advanced at the officers. The officer tased her twice and she was handcuffed.

While searching the home, officers located a child in a room.

The child was unresponsive and not breathing. First responders began life-saving measures on the little boy, but he was pronounced dead at St Nicholas Hospital.

An autopsy being performed Friday morning will determine the exact of death. 

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

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