Mother accused of slicing son's throat

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

HOLLYWOOD, FL (WFLX) - A South Florida toddler is in critical condition after, police say, his throat was slashed by his own mother.

Police say 48-year-old Mirtha Arias also tried to kill herself inside the family's Hollywood home Thursday morning.

Her 14-year-old son was the one who found them and called for help.

Investigators say the murder-suicide attempt stemmed from a court fight over the younger boy. "Ms. Arias was despondent over some recent custody hearings," said Lt. Scott Pardon with the Hollywood Police Department.

She attempted to take the life of her 3-year-old son by slicing his throat with a box cutter. She then took the box cutter to herself.

Arias and her 3-year-old son remain in the hospital. They're expected to recover. She's facing attempted murder charges.

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