A mother has been arrested for trying to drown her four-year-old child in an irrigation canal before attacking a cop who caught her in the act.
Taylor Delaine Green, 31, from the town of Dobbins in Yuba County in the US state of California, was arrested on 6th December for attempted homicide, driving under the influence of drugs, attempting to take an officer’s firearm, resisting arrest, and child endangerment.
At about 6.30pm, a police officer was inspecting a Dodge Caravan that was blocking traffic on Woodruff Lane when he heard screaming some 100 yards away.
The cop then saw the suspect in the irrigation canal and described her demeanour as “extremely combative”.
The police added: “Green was acting irrationally and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.”
As he approached, the officer saw the woman allegedly holding her young child face-down in about five feet of water.
The boy was later identified as the suspect’s four-year-old son Brian Danielson, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Yuba County.
The local authorities added that the suspect “completely submerged herself and the child in approximately five feet of water”.
The CHP said the cop jumped in the canal and tried to save the boy, but Green dragged them both back into the water as they scrambled up the embankment, adding: “The officer fought with Green for several minutes while holding on to the child in his other hand.”
The police said Green tried to grab the cop’s gun several times during the struggle.
Eventually, an officer from the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office arrived and was able to take care of the boy. A backup team then took Green into custody.
The Yuba County district attorney’s office is reportedly considering charging her for two attempted murders against her son and the officer she dragged into the water and tried to disarm.
Green is being held in custody on a bail bond of USD 500,000 and the boy, who was said to be unharmed after the incident, has been placed in the care of his father.
The investigation is ongoing.