Mother to police: ‘Voices’ made her drown son

Christine Allen was divorced, depressed and being evicted from her home.

Rather than face an uncertain future, Allen asked her young son, Noah, if he wanted to go swimming.

Noah Lane Allen, 3, was found in the bathtub by paramedics about 6:30 p.m. Friday in an apartment at 7812 Clarkdale Drive, near Vegas and Buffalo drives. His mother called 911 to tell authorities that Noah had drowned, according to a police report released Monday.

Allen, 30, refused the 911 dispatcher’s pleas for her to pull Noah from the water and start emergency life-saving procedures, according to the report.

Noah was face down in the tub when paramedics arrived. He died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Allen, who was booked on murder charges, told Las Vegas police homicide detectives that “voices in her head” made her do it, the report said.

“It was like demon inside of me took over,” Allen said, according to the report.

Allen first claimed she “blacked out” and didn’t remember how Noah drowned, but later admitted to holding her son’s head under the water as he struggled, the report said.

At one point, Noah was able to bring his head above the water and told his mom, “I don’t want to go swimming,” the report said.

But Allen pushed Noah under again, telling him, “You will be OK,” the report said.

Allen told detectives her son would “be better off” dead and with God than being raised by a single mother, the report said.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at mblasky@reviewjournal.com. Follow @blasky on Twitter.


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