Police: Mom confesses to trying to kill son

Nov 29 2011 - 9:07am



WEST HAVEN -- A 38-year-old single mother is in Weber County Jail after she confessed to trying to suffocate her 10-year-old son.

The woman, identified as Tammy Crane, told police she had thought off and on about killing her son and then herself for some time.

Police report that at 2:52 a.m. Friday, Crane called emergency dispatchers to say that she had attempted to kill him, but that she hadn't succeeded.

Weber County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Lowther said the woman told police at a condo on the 3400 block of Kenna Lane that she had a number of pills she had planned to take after suffocating her son.

He reported that the woman told police the boy had gotten a bloody nose in a struggle between the two and at some point she had changed her mind.

Crane was booked into jail and charged with attempted homicide and child abuse.

Her son was placed with a family member.

Lowther said his department has dealt with similar cases involving parents and children in the past.

"Fortunately, it doesn't happen very often," he said.

Lowther said no one else was living in the home with the boy and his mother.

He said he was not aware of any calls to police from that residence in the past.

A neighbor to the condo where the incident occurred said the woman did not live at that address but was staying temporarily with her brother who was moving the next day.

The neighbor said the brother has since moved from the condo.

He said he met the brother and the 10-year-old boy Saturday when the boy was playing with his own son outside, and that's when he learned of the situation.

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