Police: Plant City woman held in death of her baby says 'he was the devil'

PLANT CITY — Talae Thomas told officers the baby she brought home from the hospital five weeks earlier wasn't her son — he was the devil, according to a search warrant affidavit released Wednesday.

Thomas, 30, of 305 W Grant St. Apt. A16, was arrested Friday on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of her newborn, Chase Harrison.

Plant City police said they found Thomas lying in the median of W Grant and S Alexander streets at 11 p.m. Nov. 15. According to the affidavit for a search of her apartment, she had told officers at the time that she lost her child a week ago and was still bleeding. Paramedics rushed her to South Florida Baptist Hospital as officers went to her home to alert her family.

But at the apartment, officers found the door already open.

Inside, officers found baby Chase floating on his side in a child's tub inside the bathtub of the master bedroom, the warrant affidavit said.

At the hospital, Thomas told the doctor and a detective: "My baby died five weeks ago in the hospital. I brought the devil home; mine died in the hospital after they did CPR on him. The baby started talking to me and I knew he was the devil. He was the devil, so I killed him. I drowned the devil that was in my baby," the affidavit said.

After an autopsy, the Hillsborough County medical examiner confirmed that Chase died of drowning.

Thomas's family said last week that she suffered a nervous breakdown nearly four years ago, had been diagnosed as mentally ill and declared legally disabled. She had hallucinations, relatives said.

Thomas was still being held in the Hillsborough County Jail without bail Wednesday night.

Police: Plant City woman held in death of her baby says 'he was the devil' 11/21/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 8:03pm]

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