Paterson, NJ - I have no idea what Gloria Arroyo was thinking last night.Â Neither, apparently, does anyone else.Â Â Seven-month-old Jose Bell Jr., called “Baby 8″ or “Ocho”, was dead when police arrived at Arroyo’s home at about 10:30 last night.Â Â Â Gloria Arroyo, 18, called “Pichy” (like “peachy”), had stabbed her son multiple times to the chest and turned the knife on herself.Â She’s not dead, but her baby sure is.Â
“Pichy” is a teenage mother living with her babydaddy’s family.Â She and Jose Bell Sr., the babydaddy in question, had been having problems for awhile and had separated.Â At 8:00 last night, Arroyo was on the porch of the family home, playing with her son like nothing was wrong.Â Â Less than three hours later, baby Ocho was dead in a pool of blood on the couch, and Arroyo was covered in blood from multiple self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.
There were several family members in and around the home at the time of the stabbing, and it’s being described by family as what amounts to a temper tantrum.Â Arroyo got into an argument with Jose Bell Sr., grabbed a knife, and stabbed their infant son Ocho repeatedly in the chest.Â Then, as Bell grabbed his son and tried to stop the bleeding, Arroyo turned the knife on herself.
When help arrived, it was already too late for baby Ocho.Â Â Gloria “Pichy” Arroyo was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson under police custody.Â When she is released, she will be charged with the murder of her infant son.
So what the HELL was she thinking?Â Her Myspace, linked above, really doesn’t offer much in the way of clues – or in the way of pictures of her son.Â Although she lists Phoenix, Arizona, as her location, she clearly wasn’t there, and all her top friends are from Paterson as well.Â There’s no real hint as to her family – where they were, whether they knew she was mercurial and prone to violence.Â Was she suffering from post-partum depression, or did she just lose her temper and kill her baby?Â Â I don’t know, but I’m hoping some of her friends and family will come clue us in.
Edit:Â The news reports today (8/1/08) are now saying that the family “awoke to hear her stabbing herself” around 11 p.m. and then they just found the baby, and that Jose Bell Sr. was not in the home at the time, but arrived shortly thereafter and tried to stop the baby’s bleeding at that time.Â They also say Ocho was six months old, not seven months.Â I don’t know which story is correct, so I thought I’d better publish both of them – but this new story sounds a bit revisionist to me, so I’m leaving up the one from hours after the stabbing.Â As of today, Pichy remains in the hospital, and her son remains dead.Tags: Attempted Suicide, Domestic Violence, Murder, New Jersey, Stabbing