Bronx mom, 22, accused of fatally stabbing 2 sons, aged 3 and 11 months, and hiding their bodies in bathtub
THE BRONX, NEW YORK CITY: A 22-year-old mother, Dimone Fleming, was taken into custody for exhibiting “erratic” behavior minutes before her two sons were found stabbed to death in their New York City homeless shelter. The three-year-old and 11-month-old boys, identified as Deshawn Fleming and Octavius Canada, were stabbed multiple times in the neck and torso and their bodies were in the bathtub at the Bronx home at 246 Echo Place near Mount Hope on Saturday, November 26, around 7:50 pm following a call from a neighbor complaining of a woman acting “erratic,” police said in a late-night press conference.
Following their first call, the police found a naked woman lighting objects on fire in her kitchen. She was soon apprehended without incident and brought to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Only minutes after the officers left the homeless shelter, the woman’s husband called the officers for a second time around 7.55 pm after discovering his two children unresponsive in the bathtub of the apartment. The father, who had not been named, received help from his neighbor as he pulled the boys from the tub and attempted to resuscitate his two children to no avail. The boys were transported to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital before being pronounced dead, according to police.
According to the New York Post, the officers may have missed the boys' bodies upon their first stop at the homeless shelter, due to them being stashed in the bathroom at the time of their response while the arrest took place in the kitchen of the NYC apartment.
Having discovered his children’s brutalized bodies the father panicked and sought help as he made an impassioned plea before the cops arrived at the scene once again. That call for help was reportedly heard by a neighbor residing on the fourth floor, who helped the distraught father pull the children out of the tub. The neighbor also tried to administer CPR as he said, “I tried to give the little baby some air, but it was too much,” the neighbor told NY Post. “It’s just sad. I told [the father] to put him on the bed. The oldest one, I tried to give CPR, to give him air, but it wasn’t working.”