An Idaho woman stands accused of trying to drown her 9-month-old son in an irrigation ditch – an effort that police say was thwarted by a passerby who stepped into the water to grab the infant and usher him along with an older sister to safety.
“If she had called police and waited for them to arrive, who knows where that child would be now?,” said Sgt. Joe Ramirez of the Nampa, Idaho, police department, reports MSN.
Court documents say Regina Dilworth, 22, reportedly was high on a combination of bath salts and an opiate that she injected the night before her actions on the morning of Aug. 1, according to KTVB.
Those documents further state that Dilworth told police she left her house “walking toward the light,” carrying her infant and followed by her 4-year-old girl. The affidavit filed by police says her actions were based on the delusion that she heard voices telling her that her children were possessed, and she meant to “baptize” her infant in the water-filled ditch, which measured 10 inches deep and three feet wide.
The unnamed Good Samaritan was driving past, saw Dilworth walking in the middle of the road, and was met by a vacant stare when she stopped to offer help, police said. The driver pulled off and planned to circle back when she noticed the trio had disappeared.
She parked, jumped out and then raced toward the bank of the adjacent ditch, reaching Dilworth in the water as she pushed the boy in up to his neck, according to police.
After she grabbed the infant and led the other child away, other passersby came forth to stop Dilworth from trying to submerge herself.
“We learned that a Good Samaritan, actually several Good Samaritans, had made contact with Regina,” said Nampa Police Sgt. Jason Cantrell, according to KTVB. “Regina was making weird statements and was incoherent when she was communicating with people who were out and about at that time of morning.”
Dilworth is charged with felony injury to a child and misdemeanor injury to a child. Her public defender requested that Dilworth be given a mental health evaluation before she appears again in court Aug. 13.
Courthouse records show Dilworth currently has other charges pending against her that include possession of drug paraphernalia, credit card fraud, and petty and grand theft.
The children are now in protective custody while Dilworth is jailed on $50,000 bond.
With reporting by Mike McKenna
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