An Indiana mother was reportedly worried about getting sold into sex slavery, so she allegedly armed herself with a hammer and hit and severely injured her 10-year-old son before stabbing herself to try and stop it from happening, according to authorities.
On Oct. 3, officers responded to a residence and found 32-year-old Bethany Fleming and her son both suffering from life-threatening injuries, the Fort Wayne Police Department said.
Both were rushed to an area hospital for treatment. Fleming was later discharged and subsequently arrested in connection with her son's injuries.
According to WANE-TV, Fleming called 911 and said she believed someone was going to sell her and her son into sex slavery, and she “tried to stop it and I hit him in the head with a hammer.”
Court documents state Fleming said she “tried to kill him." She added, according to the legal documents, “I think I killed him, and I stabbed myself.”
During the 911 call, police reportedly could hear Fleming’s son moaning in the background.
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At the scene, responding officers found Fleming standing in the doorway with blood coming out of her neck, telling officers, “I hit my baby,” WANE-TV reported.
Fleming’s son required emergency surgery for a skull fracture and a brain bleed, authorities said.
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Medical staff noted the child's condition was “touch and go,” but officials have not disclosed further information about the young victim's status, WANE-TV reported.
She remains in custody on a $50,000 bond.
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