UPDATED 10:52 AM PT — Monday, January 6, 2020
A shocking incident has led Chicago law enforcement on a quest for answers. On Thursday, 20-year-old Aleah Newell allegedly killed her two sons and stabbed her grandfather before jumping out of a window in a high rise apartment building in Chicago.
In a bond hearing Saturday, Cook County’s assistant state attorney claimed the mother stabbed her seven-month-old son Ameer multiple times and then put him into a bathtub filled with scalding hot water. They say that’s when she turned to attack her grandfather.
“The defendant then used the towel bar to hit the victim number one in the head,” described attorney James Murphy.
Newell then allegedly proceeded to stab her grandfather several times in the neck, shoulder, hands and arms. The attorney said she then allegedly cut a hole in the window screen and threw her other son, Johntavis, out of the window from the 11th floor.
The mother then jumped out of the same window, but she survived as the scaffolding on the building broke her fall. She is now being charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
“I just pray for the girl who did what she did she had to be mentally ill to do it because if she wasn’t mentally ill, she wouldn’t of did what she did,” Murphy continued.
According to The Sun Times, Newell’s mother claimed she has shown signs of depression in the past and suggested that behind closed doors it may have been worse than she thought.
According to prosecutors, Newell underwent surgery Saturday and is in the hospital with a broken wrist as well as a broken ankle. Her grandfather is in critical condition, but is expected to survive. If convicted, she faces a life sentence in prison.