Police say a woman in Florida purposely left her 1-year-old son in a bathtub to drown because she hated him. According to the reports, 32-year-old Neha Patel admitted that she hated her son, Isham Patel, since the day he was born and blamed him for her depression.
On Thursday, she was alone with the 1-year-old when he began crawling towards her. In an effort to curb Isham from ever approaching her, she told police she slapped him before putting him in his crib for a nap.
When he woke up, she placed him in a half full bathtub and then walked out of the room. When she returned 10 minutes later, she found Ishan submerged and unconscious. Instead of calling 911 or performing CPR, she loaded the boy in her Toyota Sienna and took a road trip.
First she drove to a supermarket parking lot, then back home, then to Ocala and then to Tampa International Airport. During this time she says she knew Ishan was dead because he was cold and blue.
While she was out with her dead son, her husband had been trying to reach her from work and returned home at around 1:30 p.m. to find no one home. He called police later that evening to report his wife and son missing, explaining that his wife suffered from depression and had not been taking her medication.
Neha arrived home at around 2:30 a.m. Friday. She walked in carrying Ishan’s body and placed him in his crib while telling her husband she had drowned their son. When she heard her husband begin making phone calls, she stated she didn’t want to go to prison and left the home.
Police would find her back at the Tampa International Airport sitting in her van. She told them that she was planning on jumping off the parking deck, but wasn’t able to because of the people who kept walking by. She was taken into custody and charged with charged with first-degree murder.Tags: Crime, depression, Drowning, Florida, Ishan Patel, Murder, Neha Patel