Mom Kill Her Son With Cp (Cerebral Palsy), Self Inside Mesa, Ariz. Children’S Hospital, Police Say
According to Steve Berry, detective with the Mesa Police Department, sometime between the midnight bed check and the 2 a.m. bed check, Lola “Tami” Griffith, 27, took the life of her 5-year-old son with Cp (Cerebral Palsy) Helious Griffith, and then took her own life.Police said Helious was possibly killed using a piece of medical tubing that was found around his neck. Griffith’s injures were from an apparent gunshot wound. It is unknown how she was able to smuggle a weapon inside.Hospital staff cut off the ligature but could not revive the boy.Berry confirmed there was an active case with the child’s family through the Department of Child Safety, but didn’t have the details of it. Griffith’s father said his grandson was diagnosed with cp (Cerebral Palsy) at age 1, and his daughter feared losing custody of her son.
Berry said Griffith had been in the hospital for about seven to eight days and that DCS had been in direct contact with the family at the hospital within the last two days.In a statement Monday, Department of Child Safety officials said the agency received unsubstantiated reports of child neglect involving Griffith in August 2011, November 2011 and April 2012. But last Sept. 28, the agency investigated another neglect report and found the boy underweight. He was admitted to a hospital.Department of Child Safety officials said they decided last Thursday to file a petition with the court requesting an in-home dependency that would allow the boy to remain with his mother and family in his home while the court monitored services and progress.
“This was to ensure the safety of [Griffith] while affording his mother physical custody and necessary service provision,” the agency’s statement said. “This was to begin upon [Griffith]’ discharge from the hospital. [Griffith] was murdered before that occurred.”David Lozano, spokesman for for Banner Desert Medical Center would not comment on the situation other than to say, “The safety of our patients, associates and visitors is paramount to us and it is our top priority at this time.“At no time were others impacted by this incident and we remain vigil in the safety of all we’re treating and seeing.”