Deputies: Mom said she hated baby, killed him
Polk County mother accused of murdering her one-year-old son captured
Mother who admits hating her son since the day he was born ‘left baby boy to drown in the bathtub and refused to do CPR’
She hated him from day 1. In fact, reports say that when he would crawl towards her, she would smack him because she hated to be near him and wanted to discourage him from coming close to her.
Neha Patel hated her 1-year old son, Ishan, so much that on Thursday last week she smacked him around, filled up the bath tub half way, then left him in there for 10 minutes alone. When she came back, he was unconscious and she didn’t perform CPR on him (even though she knew how). She then got him dressed, stuck him in the car and took him on a bizarre drive around the area. Starting with a drive to her local Publix (grocery store), then from her Lakeland, Fl home to Ocala, about an 80 mile drive. Then on to Tampa, another 97 miles away. She had planned to jump off of the parking garage roof of the Tampa International Airport, but found it too crowded and returned home.
Her husband had been looking for her for hours, he even called the cops to report them missing. When she got home at 2am on Friday morning, she put her son in his crib and told her husband that she drowned him. After her husband began to call relatives to tell them what she’d done, she left and headed back to Tampa where she was going to attempt to kill herself again. She told her husband on her way out that she’d be dead by the next day and that she’d rather be dead then go to prison. However, cops found her the next day around 1pm on the 4th floor of the airport parking garage. She told them that every time she went to jump, someone would walk by.
Detectives claim that her confession was very candid. She told them that she hated her son and blamed him for her “state of mind”. Apparently, she suffers from postpartum depression and had been off her meds. I won’t take that as a scapegoat, sorry. If you’re that depressed, get some fucking help. If her husband knew she was postpartum, he should have run with that little boy and forced his wife to get help. I’m not blaming him, I feel terrible for him. I’m sure he never imagined she’d do something like this. Neha and her husband also have a 4-year old daughter who was completely unharmed, apparently not hated by her mother.
Polk County Sheriff’s office describe Ishan’s injuries as “torture beyond imagination”. While Neha claimed that she drowned the baby, authorities are saying that he died from Blunt Force Trauma. I’ll update when the autopsy comes back with a ruling.
She was booked into the Hillsborough County jail on a Polk County 1st degree murder warrant.
I’ll leave you with a quote from the Polk County sheriff, Grady Judd… “Our love for children, and our desire to protect children, is unlimited — the only solace there is in this case is that Neha Patel will not be able to hurt another child.”
RIP little Ishan… you were given the worst fucking mother on planet earth, I’m truly sorry for that. Fly with the angels and everlasting love in heaven sweet boy.
Thanks to Christina, DD, AJ, and Mrskelley for the tips.