Mom charged with throwing baby into river
Allentown, Pa. — A Pennsylvania mother accused of throwing her 1-year-old son into a river before jumping from a bridge herself has been charged with attempted homicide.
Rescuers pulled Johnesha Monae Perry and her son from the Lehigh River in Allentown on Sunday afternoon.
The 19-year-old Perry is charged with one count each of attempted homicide and endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of aggravated assault. She was arraigned from her hospital bed.
She’s being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending a May 11 preliminary hearing.
Lehigh County’s public defender’s office says a lawyer hasn’t yet been assigned to the case.
Officers found the baby about 700 yards downstream and performed CPR. Police say Perry and the baby were in serious condition Sunday but expected to survive.