Wisconsin police have charged a woman with murdering her eight-year-old son and attempting to kill her 11-year-old son after allegedly upset about the war in Ukraine.
Natalia Aleksandrovna Hitchcock, 41, a resident of Plank Trail Lane in Sheboygan Falls, was charged with first-degree first degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday Law & Crime.
The Sheboygan Falls Police Department said on March 31 that Ms Hitchcock had assaulted her eight-year-old son Oliver at her home the previous day. The child’s father, who was also in the apartment, called the emergency services and initiated life-saving measures.
Oliver was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on April 1st.
According to a criminal complaint filed in this case, the incident happened on March 30 when all four members of the Hitchcock family were at home as the children were on spring break.
Ms Hitchcock’s husband said he was awoken from a nap by his 11-year-old son screaming that his younger brother was dead.
He found Oliver lying at the foot of a bunk bed on the bedroom floor and took him into the living room for CPR.
Ms Hitchcock reportedly told him she “killed” her son.
He later told police officers that Ms Hitchcock then “ran around the apartment in a daze with a knife and said she was going to kill everyone in the house”.
Her husband told police that Ms. Hitchcock’s mother lives in Russia and that he was concerned about Ms. Hitchcock’s mental state as she watched the war between Russia and Ukraine on television.
He added that Ms Hitchcock recently asked him to stay home from work and, in addition to buying knives and guns, wanted to buy survival gear like a camp stove and fuel.
She also complained that she couldn’t book a flight to Russia to see her mother, which enraged her, he told police.
While Ms Hitchcock had not previously been diagnosed with a mental disorder, she told police officers that “someone was controlling her mind and she had been poisoned”.
She also said she was under some kind of “brain fog” and admitted she “suffocated” her younger son. “I didn’t want him to be abused,” she said, according to the criminal complaint.
When investigators asked Ms Hitchcock about the war in Ukraine, she said her husband had expressed concerns that he was stressing her out. However, she claimed to be more concerned about being sold on the dark web.
She claimed that she felt people mistook her for a Russian spy and therefore suspected her children were being taken away from her by social workers.
Her older son also informed the officials about an incident on March 29. He was in the bath when his mother asked him to show her how long he could stay underwater. He said he felt her hands push his head under the water.
Officials also found bottles containing four “different types of Tylenol, an empty Tylenol bottle from a closet basket, and several open bottles of alcohol,” the document concluded.