Mother Charged With Capital Murder in Infant Son's Drowning

By Frank Heinz
|  Friday, Sep 7, 2012  |  Updated 7:47 PM CDT
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Chloe Menager, 25, is charged with capital murder, police say she held her 1-year-old Elijahu Perez under water in a bath tub until he died.

Randy McIlwain, NBC 5 News

Chloe Menager, 25, is charged with capital murder, police say she held her 1-year-old Elijahu Perez under water in a bath tub until he died.

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A Dallas mother is facing murder charges after the death of her 1-year-old son.

Chloe Menager, 25, was arrested and charged with capital murder less than 24 hours after Dallas police officers found the body of her infant son, 1-year-old Elijahu Perez.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled Perez's death as a homicide. According to the medical examiner, the boy drowned.

Investigators say Menager drowned the child in the bathtub. She is being held on $1 million bond.

In a jailhouse interview with NBC 5 on Friday, Menager said, "I don't know," when asked if she believed she had killed her son.

"Right now, the only thing I know is that I have to pray," she said. "I have to be strong, and I cannot lose faith. I cannot lose faith."

Menager said she wanted to let her husband that she wants him to come visit her in jail.

"I just want to talk about everything -- what’s going to happen," she said. "I don’t know what’s going to happen to me here, and I just need to talk to him."

Menager said she did not think that her husband did not want to see her because of the death of their child. She said she talked to him on Thursday.

"He wasn't angry at me," she said. "He wasn't screaming at me on the phone. ... I'm just trying to say that I know that he wanted to come and visit me. Maybe today he was busy. I just wanted to tell him; that's all."

On Thursday, Dallas police learned of the child's death during a routine traffic stop. During the traffic stop, the child's father told police he was rushing to an apartment after learning of his son's death.

Officers followed the man to an apartment in the 4300 block of Wyoming Street, where they found the man's deceased son.

Dallas police have not released further details on the case and said the investigation is ongoing.

A Family and Protective Services spokeswoman told The Associated Press that Menager hadn't been reported for any alleged abuse.

Menager's attorney, Catherine Bernhard, said she was not yet familiar with the case.

NBC 5's Amanda Guerra, Elvira Sakmari and Randy McIlwain contributed to this report.

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