Mom shoots and kills toddler son, attempts suicide

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Two-year-old Hudson Pettibone is dead after being shot by his own mother, according to Arizona police. Alyssa Pettibone, 26, was arrested Monday on a second-degree murder charge.

Buckeye Police spokeswoman Tamela Skaggs told Fox News on Tuesday that they received a 9-1-1 call about a shooting in a home on Friday afternoon and found Hudson dead of a single gunshot wound.

Pettibone had stab wounds from an apparent suicide attempt and was transported to the hospital.

“There was somebody injured, but no suspects, so I was thinking accident or accidental shooting,” neighbor Jeff Morris told Fox 10 Phoenix. “I don’t understand why a mother would do that to her child. You hear a lot about this. Holidays bring out the worst in people, I guess.”

Pettibone was jailed on the murder charge after her release from the hospital. Her parents attended the arraignment, the station reported. They said they wanted Hudson’s name to be released to the press.

Prosecutors asked for bail, telling the judge that Pettibone was a danger to herself because she had tried to commit suicide. She was ordered held on $750,000 cash bail, the station reported.

Pettibone lived in the home with her son and her parents, CBS 5 Phoenix reported.

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