- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) - A mother accused of killing her 5-month-old son told police she stabbed him, had been hearing voices in her head and wasn’t in control of her actions, police said Tuesday.

A police probable cause statement released Tuesday also said officers responding to a 911 call Monday arrived to find the boy’s grandmother holding him and screaming, while 29-year-old Andrea Aurelia Portillo was covered in blood as she stood behind the grandmother.

“It appears there are some mental health issues here,” prosecutor Tara Prochko said during Portillo’s initial court appearance Tuesday. “We do believe that this suspect is a danger to herself and certainly a danger to others if out.”

A judge ordered Portillo jailed in lieu of $500,000 bond on suspicion of second-degree murder and intentional child abuse. She didn’t have an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

According to the police statement, the boy had multiple stab wounds to the neck and his 3-year-old sister told detectives that her mother cut the baby’s neck.

The grandmother said she’d gone to the home at Portillo’s request, the statement said.

A police spokesman, Sgt. Jason Weeks, said Buckeye police hadn’t previously had occasion to go to the family home.

Joshua Remele, a neighbor who lives across the street from Portillo’s home, told KPNX-TV (https://goo.gl/5Vmc8j ) that he hadn’t previously noticed anything alarming about the people living in the house. He said they had recently moved into the home.

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