Talae Akei Thomas stood before a Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge Mark R. Wolfe Saturday morning charged with the unthinkable.
The 30-year-old Plant City woman is charged with killing her five-week-old baby boy Chase.
And while the alleged crime is hard enough to swallow the reason detectives say she gave for drowning the infant is even more difficult to deal with.
During Thomas' first appearance Judge Wolfe read from a probable cause affidavit filed by the Plant City Police Department: "The defendant then spontaneously stated: my baby died five weeks ago in the hospital. I brought the devil home. The baby started talking to me I knew he was the devil."
The tragedy came to light on Thursday when officers with the Plant City Police Department responded to a suspicious person call from a resident living near the intersection of West Grant and South Alexander streets.
When they arrived officers say they found Thomas laying in the median. She allegedly told them she needed to go to the hospital for medical attention because she lost her baby.
When the officers drove to her nearby apartment to investigate further they found Chase dead.
Judge Wolfe continued to read from the report in court on Saturday: "He was the devil so I drowned him. I drowned my baby."
By phone two of Thomas' sisters say the family is understandably worried about Talae.
"We are deeply concerned about her well-being," explained Heidi McClendon.
The family declined to talk about a possible reason for the incident, but painted Thomas as a loving mother.
"Baby Chase and his arrival were much anticipated," said Abria Thomas, another of Talae's sisters. "Talae was very excited about the birth."
Thomas' Facebook page appears to back up that claim, almost all of her pictures featured baby Chase.
The tragic course events came out of the blue. The alleged actions don't match the Talae Thomas her family knows and loves.
"She's very reserved, very intelligent and very loving," Abria added.
For now Talae's loved ones are looking to get her help while mourning the loss of her young son.
"We're taking it in very slowly," Abria said.
Talae Thomas is being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail.
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