Mom Thought Baby Was Devil, Drowned Him

Talae Thomas, 30, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

Thursday, Nov 22, 2012  |  Updated 2:10 PM EDT
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Thomas' family said she suffered a breakdown four years ago and has hallucinations.

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A Tampa Bay area mother confessed to drowning her baby in her apartment's bathtub, saying he has the devil, according to an affidavit released by police.

Talae Thomas, 30, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of her 5-week-old son, Chase Harrison. She is being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail.

Plant City police found Thomas lying in a street median at 11 p.m. Nov. 15. According to a search warrant affidavit released Wednesday, she told officers she had lost her baby a week earlier and was still bleeding. Paramedics rushed her to the hospital while police officers went to her apartment to notify her family.

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When they got there, they found the door open and the baby floating in a child's tub inside the main bathtub, the affidavit says.

When confronted at the hospital, Thomas told a detective and the doctor she had killed the devil, the affidavit says.

"My baby died five weeks ago in the hospital. I brought the devil home; mine died in the hospital after they did CPR on him. The baby started talking to me and I knew he was the devil. He was the devil, so I killed him. I drowned the devil that was in my baby," the affidavit said.

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An autopsy confirmed the baby drowned.

Thomas' family said she suffered a breakdown four years ago and has hallucinations.

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