CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Clearwater police have arrested a woman for child abuse after they say she tried to toss her her 3-month-old baby in the ocean because she thought he was possessed by demons.
A property manager called police Tuesday afternoon when she arrived at Lydia Chako's apartment and noticed it was flooded. The manager found the 39-year-old inside making bizarre comments and throwing things. Police say Chako believed her baby was covered in lizards and snakes and said she was trying to keep the demons out.
She then left the apartment on foot carrying the baby by his feet.
Officers found the woman on Palm Bluff standing on the sea wall half naked and holding the child. They were able to distract her long enough to grab the 3-month-old.
Police believe Chako intended to throw the baby in the water. Neither was injured.
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