A mother has been accused of holding her one-year-old son under water in a bathtub until he drowned.
Chloe Menager, 25, from Dallas, is facing a capital murder charge and is being held on $1million bond for the death of her son Elijahu Perez.
Police officers stopped Elijahu’s father on Thursday and then followed him to the mother’s home where they found the child’s body.
Accused: Dallas police say Chloe Menager held her son under water until he drowned
Neighbor Maria Hernandez told the Dallas Morning News that said she didn’t know Chloe Menager well, but only saw her coming home from work or taking out the trash. She never saw her with children.
She said on Thursday evening she took the trash out and heard what she thought was a baby’s cry from a bag in the dumpster.
When she looked it was a baby doll.
‘I don’t know if it was some kind of sign, but isn’t that strange?’ she said. ‘If this young woman did this, I hope they find out the truth and punish her.;
‘A baby is a gift and the worst thing anyone can do is hurt a baby.’
An investigation is underway as police try to figure out a motive.