A Lauderhill woman has been arrested on child cruelty charges after allegedly attempting to kill her teenage son because she could no longer take care of him.
Sheronda Hall Roselva, 50, walked into her sleeping 17-year-old son’s room just before noon on Sunday and repeatedly hit his head with a bat, NBC 6 reports.
The boy told police that his mother struck him about 30 times before she went to get a knife, saying, “I have to kill you,” the Sun Sentinel reports. However, he managed to grab her arm and escape.
John Burroughs was working outside when he saw the boy running, yelling for help, and called 911.
"I see she was coming with a butcher knife [in one hand] and some kind of object in her other hand," he told the Sentinel.
When police arrived, Roselva was reportedly sitting outside with the bat and knife nearby, according to NBC 6. She reportedly told officers, "I wanted to kill my son because I cannot take care of him and I don’t want him to suffer.”
The boy was treated for a small cut and bruises on the back of his head at Plantation General Hospital.
According to jail records, Roselva was being held on a $50,000 bond.