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Kansas City Police Say Mother Decapitated 6-Year-Old Son And Family Dog

Kansas City, MO – A woman allegedly decapitated her six-year-old son and the family dog before calling 911 to report the devil was attacking her late Tuesday night, according to police.

Police responded to 35-year-old Tasha Haefs’ home in the 7300-block of Indiana Avenue shortly before midnight on Feb. 15 after Haefs told the 911 dispatcher she believed someone was trying to harm her and that “the devil was trying to attack her,” WDAF reported.

She declared she did not have a mental illness and hung up the phone, according to police.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found blood leading to the front door of the home, KCBD reported.

A woman was inside singing.

The officers knocked on the door, at which point the woman began singing even louder, according to police.

Police said they were told several children resided at the house and had not been seen in several days, according to CBS News.

One of the officers was able to look into the residence through a window and spotted the severed head of a child, KCBD reported.

The boy was later identified as Haefs’ son, six-year-old Karvel Stevens, according to KCTV.

Haefs refused to open the door, resulting in officers forcing their way inside, WDAF reported.

They found Haefs in the kitchen with her feet and legs covered in blood, according to police.

She also had scratches and cuts to both hands and a puncture wound to her right thigh, WDAF reported.

Investigators said the located a decapitated dog in the basement of the residence, according to KCBD.

Kansas City police detectives said Haefs confessed to having murdered her son in a bathtub before decapitating him, CBS News reported.

Police said they located blood-smeared knives and a screwdriver in various locations through the residence.

No other children were located in the house, according to police.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced on Feb. 16 that Haefs had been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with her son’s horrific death.

She was being held without bond.

“The community now knows some of the terrible details of the death of this 6-year-old child. It takes our breath away,” Peters Baker said in a press release. “My office, as it always has, pledges to do everything in its power to bring justice in this young boy’s murder.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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