A Lauderhill woman is facing child cruelty charges after she beat her teen son with a baseball bat and tried to stab him, telling him "I have to kill you," police said Monday.
Sheronda Hall Roselva was arrested Sunday morning following the attack at her home in the 2000 block of Northwest 59th Way, Lauderhill Police said.
According to police, officers responded to the home just before noon to calls of a 17-year-old being attacked with a bat by his mother.
When the officers interviewed the teen, he said he was in his room sleeping when his mother came in and hit him in the head with the bat, striking him repeatedly, police said.
Roselva left the room and returned with a knife and told her son "I have to kill you," the teen told police.
The son was able to grab his mother's arm and keep her from stabbing him, before he ran to a neighbor's house where the neighbor called 911, police said.
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When officers got to the home, they found Roselva sitting outside with the bat and knife next to her, police said.
"I wanted to kill my son because I cannot take care of him and I don’t want him to suffer," Roselva spontaneously told the officers, officials said.
The teen, suffered a small laceration and bruises to the back of his head, was treated and released at Plantation General Hospital.
Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley found probable cause for child cruelty and set Roselva's bond at $50,000 in court on Monday.
Recounting the allegations against Roselva, he said he was concerned "with the level of violence and basically the threat to kill your son."
A public defender said that Roselva, a lifelong resident of South Florida, is unemployed.
Hurley ordered that if Roselva does post bond she will be monitored with a GPS device, and told her to have no contact with her son.