Mental health experts are saying that a mother in Illinois was arrested on Monday and charged with having a child with a diagnosed mental illness, which is considered a felony, after a neighbor reported that the mother was refusing to give birth.
“The mother, who has been arrested, refused to give up her baby and was arrested,” the Springfield Police Department said in a statement on Tuesday.
“We have identified her and have made an arrest warrant for her arrest.”
The mother, identified as J.J., was arrested at her home in the 3200 block of W. North Avenue in Springfield after her neighbor, who police have not named, reported that she was refusing the baby.
Police said the woman told officers that she “was afraid the baby might harm herself or her children.”
“She has been in and out of the hospital multiple times and is on medication,” police said in the statement.
“It is not clear if the mother has a history of mental illness.”
The baby is a girl, according to the police department.
The mother is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Springfield police have been called to the home numerous times since 2015 to deal with a number of cases of domestic violence, including one where the woman allegedly shot a man.
A local man, who told police he lived in the home, told the Springfield Daily Journal that he was sleeping upstairs and heard banging coming from the home on Tuesday afternoon.
“I woke up, and the door was open and a woman was sitting on the porch,” he told the paper.
“She had a gun and I told her I needed help.
I told the woman I was going to kill her.”
The police department told the Daily Journal the woman’s children were in the house at the time, and that police did not find evidence of any other crimes.
A Facebook page, “Feds Helping Themselves” which was set up on Monday, had more than 500 supporters.
“Help Us Save J.D.,” the page said, “to give J. D. the help he needs to be healthy.”
“I just want to be a normal mother,” one commenter wrote.
“Failing that, the kids should be taken care of.
They are going to grow up to be great adults.”