A woman has been found at a park in Maryland pushing her dead three-year-old son in a swing and police believe she may have been doing it all night.
The 24-year-old unidentified woman was seen pushing her dead toddler son in a swing at Wills Memorial Park in La Plata, Maryland, on Friday morning, police said.
The authorities believe that she may have been at the playground with the child all night. The boy has reportedly not had any visible signs of trauma on his body, according to officials. His body has now been taken to a medical examiner for an autopsy. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A 24-year-old woman, who has not yet been identified, was seen pushing her dead three-year-old son in a swing at Wills Memorial Park (pictured) in La Plata, Maryland, on Friday morning, police said.
Charles County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday that police were sent to the park after someone called to report a woman pushing a young child in a swing for an unusually long period of time.
When police arrived at the scene at around 6.55 am on Friday, they found the woman still pushing her son back and forth in the swing. The officers immediately realized that the boy was dead, WUSA 9 reports.
In the release on Friday, the Sheriff’s Office said that the mother and son are believed to have been at the park at 500 St Mary’s Avenue in La Plata, Maryland, about 30 miles southeast of Washington D.C., since the previous day.
The woman has since been taken to hospital for a medical evaluation, MyFoxDC reports.
2. In a news release on Friday, Charles County Sheriff’s Office said police had arrived at the park (below) after receiving a report of a woman pushing a young child in a swing for an unusually long period of time.
3. The Sheriff’s Office said the mother and son are thought to have been at the park (pictured) at 500 St Mary’s Avenue in La Plata, around 30 miles southeast of Washington D.C., since the day before.
Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman with the Sheriff’s Office, said that police are attempting to trace the woman’s movements over the previous days, in an effort “to find out what led to this moment”.
Richardson added that, though there were no obvious signs of foul play, it has not yet been ruled out. The child’s autopsy will be performed by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. Richardson told the Associated Press:
It’s a very sad and tragic situation for the mother, her family, the officers. All of us want answers. We’re working very hard on that.
An investigation has been launched and anyone with information is asked to call Detective C. Shankster at (301) 609-6513.
4. A mother is found pushing her dead three-year-old son in a swing at a La Plata park — an ABCWJLA report.
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