Charges: St. Paul woman threw child off balcony, assaulted officer
A St. Paul woman faces multiple charges after authorities say she threw an 11-year-old child off a balcony and assaulted a police officer.
Criminal complaints state Itayvia Lloyd has been charged with one count of second-degree attempted murder and two counts of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer.
According to a criminal complaint, officers were called Monday on the report of an 11-year-old boy who had fallen from a balcony on the 700 block of Hampden Avenue.
When first responders arrived, the boy was conscious but couldn't speak. He was taken to an area hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.
The complaint says officers went to the apartment where the boy lived and were let in by a 6-year-old. Officers located the boy's mother – identified as Lloyd – who would not initially respond to the officers.
While speaking with officers, the 6-year-old said Lloyd and his stepmother had been fighting. The child then told police Lloyd "got mad and threw the 11-year-old off the balcony," according to the complaint.
The first interview investigators attempted with Lloyd was terminated because of her behavior.
According to another criminal complaint, while officers were preparing to transport Lloyd from St. Paul police headquarters to the Ramsey County Jail, Lloyd threw a punch at one of the officers.
The complaint also said Lloyd spat on an officer while in a holding cell at the Ramsey County Jail.
On Wednesday, Lloyd had requested to speak with investigators. During the interview, Lloyd changed what she said to police multiple times.
According to the complaint, when asked what she remembered, Lloyd said she remembered entering her son's room. The complaint goes on to say she said, "She could have carried him to the balcony, and she could have pushed him off, but she wasn't in her right state of mind."
Lloyd later went on to say that she had "snapped" because she was mad about a fight she had had with her girlfriend and that her "rage was so intense that she wanted her son dead."
The complaint says when investigators learned the 11-year-old has autism, investigators asked Lloyd if she let her rage out on her son because of his disabilities, Lloyd replied, "Yes, it's safe to say that."
The complaint goes on to say that when asked if she was trying to kill the child, Lloyd responded saying, "Yes, but I want my baby here."