Police squads remain outside a St. Paul, Minn. apartment building where police say a woman threw her 11-year-old son from a balcony, leaving him seriously injured. Picture: Mara H. Gottfried/Pioneer Press via AP
Police squads remain outside a St. Paul, Minn. apartment building where police say a woman threw her 11-year-old son from a balcony, leaving him seriously injured. Picture: Mara H. Gottfried/Pioneer Press via AP

Woman refuses to tell police why she threw son from balcony

By AP Time of article published Mar 10, 2020

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St Paul — A Minnesota mother has admitted she severely injured her 11-year-old son by throwing him from the balcony of their fourth-floor apartment but has not explained why, police said.

Itayvia Lloyd, 33, was being held Tuesday in the Ramsey County jail on probable charges of aggravated assault, malicious punishment of a child and assault of a police officer. Formal charges could be filed Tuesday.

A resident of the St. Paul apartment called police Monday believing the child had jumped from the balcony. Officers found the boy on the ground in the building's courtyard with significant injuries, according to police spokesman Steve Linders.

Lloyd admitted that she dragged the boy from his bunk bed and threw him over the balcony, but did not explain why, Linders said.

The child is expected to survive, but he suffered injuries including at least one broken leg, a fractured jaw and head injuries, police said.

A 6-year-old sibling in the home appeared to be unharmed.

“It makes no sense,” Linders said, adding that it deeply affected first responders. “These are some of the most difficult calls that officers respond to — because many are parents themselves.”

Associated Press

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