Destiny Ahenakew, a 25-year-old Spokane, Wash., woman, was arrested after throwing her 14-month-old baby down a 50 foot embankment, KTVB reported Tuesday, citing Spokane's KREM-2 News. According to court documents, Ahenakew told a witness "the devil made me do it."
One witness to the incident said Ahenakew approached him and asked for water prior to throwing the baby over a fence. He contacted police, concerned she had no where else to go. Other witnesses told police they saw Ahenakew swing the boy twice before tossing him down the hill near W. Mission near N. West Point Road. According to reports, Ahenakew prayed and read her Bible before tossing the boy.
The young boy fell 50 feet before hitting a tree. Another person at the scene got to the child and brought him back to safety. The boy was taken to the hospital and later released to family members by Child Protective Services, having suffered no life-threatening injuries.
Ahenakaw was arrested on a charge of first degree assault of a child, a class A felony. One witness said she appeared very calm while being placed in handcuffs and showed no signs of intoxication. If convicted, she could be sentenced to life in prison.
She appeared before a judge on Monday, KTVB added, where her bail was set at $50,000. Prosecutors said it should be mandatory that she stay off methamphetamines if she makes bail. Police did not say if she was under the influence of drugs at the time of her arrest.
CBS said Ahenakew has had run-ins with Spokane Police in the past, but nothing involving violence. According to authorities, she was recently arrested for driving a stolen car.