The husband of Kim H. Peno told police his wife had "lost it" and had a breakdown
when he frantically carried his wounded 2-year-old son, wrapped in a blanket, into the Seekonk police and fire station complex just after midnight Thursday.
"My wife had a breakdown," 65-year-old Joseph Peno told a Seekonk dispatcher and a police officer, who noticed the boy's face was red and severely swollen and his eyes were swollen shut.
Joseph Peno told police he was upstairs in their home with the couple's 1-year-old son Cory about 9:30 or 10 p.m. when he heard a commotion coming from the living room downstairs, including Timothy crying as though he were hurt, according to a police report.
Peno told police the crying waned, then began again a short time later. When he went to check, he was met on the stairs by his wife, who was holding the toddler.
"Don't worry, I'll take care of Timothy," Peno said his wife told him when he asked her what happened, according to the police report.
Joseph Peno went back upstairs after noticing blood on the carpet in the room where his wife and Timothy were, and on a blue rag.
Upstairs, he saw his wife giving the boy "mouth-to-mouth" resuscitation, and noticed blood running from his nose into his mouth
, according to the report.
Kim Peno initially told police "she was not clear on what the problem was"
before officers began to read her Miranda rights to an attorney.
She also told them she had been to Butler Hospital in Providence, a psychiatric and drug abuse facility, in the past for mental illness and had not taken her medication in two weeks, according to the report.
Kim Peno also told police she drank two beers and took four Tylenol PM pills around 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Police also noticed her right hand "was swollen and red, consistent with her previously striking something," according to the report.
Police said Kim Peno then became uncooperative and was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro for an evaluation.