Authorities have charged a 31-year-old woman in the stabbing death of her 1-year-old son in a southwest Detroit apartment complex, officials said.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has charged Shaquittea Denice Reese-Bethea, of Detroit, with first-degree murder, felony murder, torture and first-degree child abuse, officials said in a statement.

Police accuse Reese-Bethea of stabbing the infant multiple times, according to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

Reese-Bethea called police to her apartment in the 3600 block of West Vernor on Aug. 29. She told dispatchers people were dead and she was going to kill herself, according to officials.

Officers arrived and found a male infant who was not breathing, they said. Emergency medical technicians pronounced the child dead, police said.

Reese-Bethea was taken to a hospital to be treated for bleeding wounds on her body, Worthy said.

Reese-Bethea was arraigned Friday before 36th District Court Magistrate Charles Anderson.  

The probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 12, a.m. and the preliminary examination is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sept. 19. Both hearings are before 36th District Court Judge Kenneth King, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement Friday.




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