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Child stabbed to death in St. Petersburg, police say

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A 4-year-old child was stabbed to death by his mother in St. Petersburg Friday evening, police said.

It happened at the Jordan Park apartments at 13th Avenue South and 25th Street.

Police say when they arrived, they saw a woman carrying the body of an unconscious child with "significant trauma" to his body.

They attempted CPR; the child was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, the grandmother of the boy, 4-year-old Joseph Artis, had custody of him and had been his legal guardian for at least three years.

She was bringing him home to her apartment in the complex when she saw her daughter, the boy's mother, waiting outside her door.

The mother, 40-year-old Tasha Tomeka Trotter, came inside with the grandmother and the boy.

The grandmother later told police Trotter had a history of mental problems, and was acting oddly.

Out of nowhere, the grandmother said Trotter grabbed a kitchen knife and repeatedly stabbed the child.

The grandmother tried to stop her, but were unsuccessful, police said.

A neighbor heard her screaming and ran to get help.

Police say Joseph Artus was pronounced dead just before 7 p.m.

"I don't know if mental illness played a factor in this. We don't know until we're done speaking to everyone and kinda get an idea. That's the best we can go forward with right now," said St. Petersburg Police spokesman Michael Kovacsev.

Detectives are still interviewing witnesses; Trotter is charged with first-degree murder.


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