Tucson boy, 10, choked by mom, dies

2013-02-07T15:26:00Z Tucson boy, 10, choked by mom, diesKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 07, 2013 3:26 pm  • 

The 10-year-old boy strangled by his mother Jan. 30 died in a local hospital this morning, police officials said.

Charges against the mother, Jean Cataline, 49, have been upgraded from attempted-, to first degree murder, Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said. She is also charged with child abuse.

Cataline called 911 shortly after 10 a.m. Jan. 30, “stating she had just strangled her child” with an extension cord, according to legal documents. “The caller would not respond to questions by the 911 call taker and seemed to be going into shock.”

When TPD officers arrived at the family’s apartment, at 2720 N. Swan Road, at East Glenn Street, they found Cataline “on the floor in a bedroom ... still on her cell phone.”

On the bed the officers saw an extension cord and the unconscious boy.

“The child had a purple face and officers began CPR,” the documents stated. “While officers were with Jean, she kept uttering, ‘What did I do? What did I do?”

The boy was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition.

The woman’s other son, age 17, was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services. The boys’ father recently died, Widmer said.

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