Mother Arrested on Suspicion of Murder After 5-Year-Old Son Stabbed in San Bernardino

Police arrested a San Bernardino mother on suspicion of murder after her 5-year-old son was found with stab wounds and later died Tuesday, according to the San Bernardino Police Department.

"It makes me want to pack up and leave," Sabrina Brown, a neighbor said. "Tragedy is everywhere you go. No matter what. But it's real sad."

Police responded to a 911 call from the 1000 block of West Temple at 4:11 p.m.

Officers found the 46-year-old mother, identified by police as Maria Isabel Bautista De Lopez, and her son with injuries.

The 5-year-old boy was stabbed by some type of sharp instrument and died at the home.

"My uncle was really attached to the little boy," Derrick Matthews, a neighbor who lives nearby, said. "The little boy would talk to him and show him his toys."

Lopez was taken to a local hospital. Officers said it appeared that her injuries were self-inflicted. 


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Police initially were detaining and interviewing people near the home.

Detectives interviewed Lopez, and investigated the home.

Neighbors watched as detectives searched a parked car and found dozens of pill bottles found in the trash.

After retrieving evidence at the house and from Lopez herself, police arrested her. 

If anyone has information, they are encouraged to call Detective Marco Granado at (909) 384-5628 or Sergeant Emil Kokesh at (909) 384-5613.

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