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Mom accused of trying to drown son was ranting, witnesses say

May 26, 2012 |  7:20 am

A Palmdale mother has been charged with attempted murder after authorities alleged she tried to drown her 8-year-old son in their apartment complex pool

A Palmdale mother was being held on $1 million bail after authorities alleged she tried to drown her 8-year-old son in their apartment complex swimming pool.

Witnesses told TV reporters they heard the woman yelling at her son, "You have to go. This is the end of the world."

She has been charged with attempted murder.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said they responded to the Monte Vista Apartments in the 2500 block of Olive Drive at 7:30 p.m. Thursday after receiving a call that a woman was attempting to hold her son's head under water in the community pool.

Bystanders jumped in to rescue the boy, said Dep. Guillermina Saldaña.

Allair McDougall, 33, was removed from the apartment complex kicking and screaming and was arrested, police said. Her son was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

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Photo: A boy involved in an alleged attempted drowning is prepared for transport to a hospital in Plamdale. Credit: KTLA

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