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SWEDEN, NY – Police say that 10 days after being released from a psychiatric hospital, a woman in New York decapitated her 7-year-old son with a kitchen knife.

Police were sent to a home Thursday night after 911 received several calls reporting a suicidal woman with a knife. Before officers arrived, another call came in telling them to hurry as someone had been injured.

Once at the home, deputies encountered 36-year old Hanane Mouhib who was holding a large kitchen knife. When she refused to drop it, the deputies used pepper spray and a Taser to disarm her and take her into custody.

After subduing Mouhib, the officers found the body of the woman’s 7-year-old son, Abraham Cardenas, decapitated in another room.

Five people were inside the home when Abraham was killed, including Mouhib, Abraham, Mouhib’s husband, the boy’s grandmother and his 10-year-old brother. No one else was injured during the attack and they were reportedly in another part of the house when Abraham was killed.

According to Mouhib’s husband, there were no warning signs before Mouhib murdered her son.

Abraham Cardenas

Mouhib was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. She’s currently being held in the Monroe County Jail without bail.

“There’s absolutely no explanation for us,” Sheriff Todd Baxter said at a news conference. “The word ‘evil’ comes to mind.”

While I sort of understand why Baxter said that, the word ‘evil’ ins’t one I would have used to describe Mouhib’s motivation. The reality is something much scarier in my opinion — mental health issues.

See, this wasn’t the first time police had been at Mouhib’s home. Mouhib is a licensed nurse practitioner who specializes in mental health and called 911 on March 5 after recognizing she was having mental health issues. Deputies ended up taking her to an area hospital.

However, she called 911 three days later and told dispatchers she didn’t feel right. She was then taken to Rochester General Hospital, where she stayed from March 8 to the 26.

Personally, that’s the scariest aspect of this story and the hundreds of others I’ve written about… the fact that your own brain can basically turn on you and make you do horrible things like decapitating your own son, or cooking your baby in an oven.

Know what’s worse than suffering from mental illness in the United States? The fact that you have little in the way of help or resources even if, like Mouhib, you recognize you are suffering from mental illness.

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