MUGSHOT / Kristina Petrie. (Montgomery County Police Department)
BREAKING — A Maryland mother has been arrested for allegedly trying to saw off the head of her autistic son because she felt “overwhelmed” and was worried he would “grow up to be a burden to society,” court records say.
She said her son with autism required so much care and attention, she felt it best to slice off his head with a bow saw!
Kristina Petrie, 46, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree child abuse and second-degree child abuse for an incident involving her 11-year-old autistic son on March 11, according to case information from the District Court of Maryland, Fox News reports.
An affidavit obtained by WJLA says that as police explain it, on Monday, March 12, an 11-year-old boy returned home from school to find his younger brother crying on the family sofa. His mother, Petrie, was nearby, bouncing in between bouts of laughter and tears.
The incident began when Petrie’s son came home from school and went into his room to play video games. The boy’s mother appeared a short while later, with a bone saw in hand, and asked why he was not doing his homework.
That’s when Petrie pinned the boy down and then allegedly “jammed” the cutting tool against her son’s neck and began “moving it back and forth multiple times,” WJLA reported, citing the affidavit.
The small child managed to get loose from the grip of his mother who, according to her case information, is 5-foot-6 and 175 pounds.
Petrie allegedly called her husband and confessed to attacking their eldest child.
Petrie’s husband took his wife to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, Maryland, where she reportedly told staff she had felt “overwhelmed” and “was not doing enough to help her children with their autism.” Petrie shared personal fears that both of her sons would “grow up to be a burden to society.” Consequently, she believed they “needed to die.” When staff asked Petrie why she was at the hospital, the 46-year-old allegedly stated she had “tried to kill her kids again.”
Police say they met with the boy days after the attack and noticed “several thin lines with the skin broken and some scabbing,” Fox25 reported, citing the affidavit. Police said they also noticed cuts on his left shoulder and red marks between his shoulder blades.
Petrie is scheduled to appear in court on April 20 at 10 a.m.
What in the hell is wrong with these people?
Unbelievable. What a monster.
We wish the best for these poor children.