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Mother accused of tossing toddler son out second-story window

A San Jose mother was arrested after she threw her 22-month-old son out a second-story window on Christmas morning before jumping herself, police said.

The toddler survived the fall with no serious injuries. His mother, Lupita Cortez, was arrested and booked on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment. 

Cortez, who had been hospitalized in recent days for unspecified psychological care, locked herself and the boy in a bedroom Sunday morning, said San Jose Police Sgt. Jason Dwyer. After she refused to come out, family members grew concerned and called police.

When Cortez ignored officers' commands to open the bedroom door, they kicked it in and found her sitting on the window ledge after sending her son to the ground below, Dwyer said. She jumped as the officers approached her, breaking bones in her ankles and feet.

Mother and child were taken to a hospital. The boy was kept overnight as a precaution and released Monday with no significant injuries.  After a review by child welfare officials, he was placed in the care of relatives, Dwyer said.

Dwyer declined to provide details on Cortez's confinement, but he said San Jose jails include special cells and psychological care for people thought to have serious mentally illness.


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