A United States Air Force mom faces attempted murder charges after trying to drown her 20-month-old daughter because she couldn't take the child on an overseas deployment.
Phoeteama Janiece Neal, 28, panicked when she was told she’d be heading off to Turkey at the end of August, without her child. The military mom, stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona, was fighting a custody battle with the baby’s father. Neal recently had full custody, but when a judge told her that the guardianship would revert to the dad while she was deployed, she was crushed. Distraught, she went to her commanding officer and begged to be reassigned locally.
Apparently upset over the situation, Neal went over the edge. Last Monday afternoon, she called 911 in tears, saying she drowned her daughter. She was pretty sure the child was dead. Paramedics rushed to the scene and revived the baby, who was taken to a local hospital. The girl remains in critical condition and is believed to have less than a one percent chance of survival.
Neal has been arrested on attempted murder charges. Meanwhile, her daughter continues to fight for her life.
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Neal drowned her daughter after being told the father of the child would get custody while she was deployed.