A Covina woman was charged Wednesday with murdering her 2-year-old son.
Xa Dinh Ngo, also known as Michelle Ngo, allegedly stabbed her son multiple times last Friday.
A Covina police sergeant spotted the 39-year-old woman running partially clothed in the middle of the street at 300 N. Second Ave. shortly before 3:30 a.m. with what appeared to be blood spatter on parts of her body but without any visible injuries, according to police.
Ngo allegedly made statements that led officers to believe that there might be a potential victim, and investigators determined that she lived at a townhouse in the 100 block of East Italia Street, where they discovered a small fire and found the body of the toddler, identified by the coroner’s office as Alvis Puentes.
Ngo was arrested Monday and jailed on suspicion of murder after being taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, according to Covina police.
She was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $2 million bail while awaiting arraignment, which is now set for Feb. 13 in a Pomona courtroom.
Ngo could face up to 26 years to life in state prison if convicted of the murder charge, which includes an allegation that she personally used a knife during the commission of the crime, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
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