Phoeteama Janiece Neal is a mother in the U.S. Air Force who was stationed in Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. She was arrested and has been charged for allegedly attempting to kill her baby daughter by drowning her when she got word that she would not be able to take her with her when she was deployed overseas.
The 28-year-old Phoeteama Janiece Neal (mugshot photo above) was stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Goodyear, Arizona, according to a report in Azfamily.com.
The publication goes on to quote the Office of Special Investigation for the Air Force, as to the circumstances that lead to this horrendous outcome. Neal who was to be deployed overseas, had gone to her commander after the court hearing and requested that she not be deployed. The commander had told her that the Air Force would “get back to her.”
The paper also reports that Neal was in a custody battle with the child’s father. He is also in the Air Force and stationed in another state. The couple is unmarried and reportedly, Neal was concerned that she would lose custody of the baby to the father while deployed overseas.
It was just days later that Neal placed a 911 phone call in which she said to the operator, “I just drowned my baby,” Azcentral.com reports. When police arrived Neal is reported as saying to them “I did it.”
According to the police the baby was wet and fully clothed when first responders were attending to her. The publication goes on to note that police interviewed a neighbor who claimed to have observed Neal carrying the child and who described her as being in a “zombie state.” The neighbor is also reported as telling police that the baby appeared limp and that there was apparently white foam around the baby’s mouth as well as on Neal’s upper chest.
As for the condition of the baby, the newspaper reports that according to court records, her chance of survival is estimated at 1 percent. She was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and, as a result of submersion-related injuries went into severe cardiac arrest.
Phoeteama Janiece Neal was arrested and has been charged for attempted murder. According to WBTV 3 quoting a spokesperson for the Goodyear Police Department, she was booked into jail where she is being held on a $1 million bond.
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