Mother tosses kids out window, jumps in attempted murder-suicide

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Mother tosses kids out window, jumps in attempted murder-suicide

By Denise Wong. CREATED Jun 12, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police said a valley mother tossed her six-month-old baby and her toddler out of a second story window, before jumping herself.

It happened just before 6 a.m. Thursday on Spiritual Way near Lake Mead and Walnut. All three survived; one child was in critical condition, the other is stable.

"This is a criminal investigation. We are investigating right now attempted murder by child abuse," said Lt. Dan McGrath.

Police said the woman who lives at the home, tossed her baby and toddler out the window, and then jumped herself.

Police said no one actually witnessed the incident but there were other family members home at the time. They found the three in the backyard, and one of them called authorities.

Abuse and neglect teams were expected to stay at the scene for many hours, as they tried to figure out why this may have happened. But they did have one clue.

"The report from the family is that the female was suffering from some type of depression," said Lt. McGrath.

Still, neighbors said there's no excuse.

"There's a real need for God in Las Vegas," said neighbor Stephen Drapala.

Drapala lives nearby but said he never met the woman. As a pastor, he wishes she reached out if she was depressed. Right now, he's just hoping for the best.

"We'll be praying for the kids and the mother."

Police said the mother, who's in her 30s, may have spinal injuries.