Both mother and son survived what appears to be an attempted murder-suicide

By Tara Fowler
Updated May 04, 2015 11:45 AM
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A 19-year-old mother is accused of throwing her 1-year-old baby boy into a river – and then jumping in after him in an apparent murder-suicide attempt.

Both mom and baby survived, though they are listed in serious condition, LehighValleyLive.com reports.

Witnesses say Johnesha Perry was pushing the boy’s stroller across the Hamilton Street Bridge in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Sunday afternoon when she stopped halfway across and then threw her son into the Lehigh River.

“She then climbed over the railing and jumped in herself,” Allentown Police Capt. William Reinik said, according to the site.

Cops were on the scene quickly, and the baby was pulled from the river approximately 700 yards downstream after four minutes in the water, WPVI reports.

Officer Joseph Ianetta did mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while Officer John Leonard performed CPR. “The officers basically saved this baby’s life,” Reinik said.

Perry was found unconscious under the bridge. She was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

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