COVINA, CA. (THECOUNT) — Xa Dinh Ngo has been identified as the Covina, California, mother arrested Wednesday in the stabbing death of her 2-year-old toddler.
AKA, Michelle Ngo, 39, was charged with murder after her young son was found stabbed to death last week, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
In addition to the count of murder, Ngo faces a special circumstances allegation that she used a deadly and dangerous weapon in the child’s killing, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The weapon was identified as a knife, reports KTLA.
The 2-year-old boy died after being stabbed multiple times in the family’s townhouse, located in the 100 block of East Italia Street, in Covina, CA, last Friday, a news release detailed.
When officers first came into contact with the 39-year-old woman, she was partially-clothed and running down the middle of the 300 block of Second Avenue around 3:20 a.m. What appeared to be blood was spattered on her body, according to the Covina Police Department.
She was quickly detained after allegedly trying to flee from officers.
Ngo initially cooperated with authorities, but then made statements that led officers to believe there was a possible victim, police officials said in the release.
When police entered the residence, they found the toddler’s body.
A small fire was also burning on the second floor, KTLA reports.
Ngo was taken for a psychiatric evaluation and then arrested on suspicion of murder after being released from a local hospital.
Bail has been set at $2 million. Her arraignment is scheduled to take place Wednesday.
Ngo faces a possible sentence of 26 years to life in prison if convicted.
Anyone with possible additional information on the child death investigation should contact police at 911.
Covina is a city in Los Angeles County, California, about 22 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, in the San Gabriel Valley region. The population was 47,796 at the 2010 census, up from 46,837 at the 2000 census, according to Wikipedia.