Orlando, Florida: The events transpired on the night of November 15, but just Thursday, 25-year-old Carlisha Maria Anderson was booked into the Orange County Jail on multiple charges including second-degree murder.
Anderson called 911 at 9:14 pm to report that she had "killed her baby by suffocation" and the call was referred to the Orlando Fire Department for immediate dispatch.
According to the investigation summary seen by Law and Crime, while Orlando Fire was on the line with dispatch, Anderson made a statement that the child was not hers and that he was an abomination.
OFD arrived at the scene to discover Anderson inside of the hotel room. It was clear that Anderson had already stabbed herself in the abdomen, and was still armed with a knife. One of the first responders later recalled that Anderson had told them, "I'm fine, you can go."
Anderson refused to push the knife away in order to let emergency personnel safe access to the room in order to render aid. ODF therefore backed away from the room and awaited the arrival of Orlando Police to secure the scene.
By 9:24 pm two Orlando Police Officers made contact with Anderson and ordered her to drop the knife. Instead of complying, she began to stab herself multiple times prompting the officers to utilize their tasers to force compliance.
Once she dropped the knife, officers handcuffed her allowing the fire department to begin providing live saving care to her, and to attempt to provide care to her son.
The child was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. On December 1, 2022, the medical examiner determined his manner of death to be homicide.
Neither the boy's name nor his age have been released at this time though court documents describe him as appearing to be between 2 and 3 years of age.
Anderson was transported to the hospital in critical condition and underwent emergency surgery. Following the surgery, her condition was upgraded to stable.
During the course of the investigation, a detective spoke with a number of the first responders including Chief Robert Anctil.
According to his sworn statement, Chief Anctil said there was initial confusion about the call as 911 indicated that it was concerning a mother killing her child and yet OPD had evidently flagged it as a psych call.
When asked if he had heard Anderson make any statements, he said that Anderson responded "appropriately" when asked questions for basic information after OPD was able to secure the scene. He described her as appearing "very normal and lucid." While rendering aid however, he said that she changed "almost light a light switch."
That change, Chief Anctil said, was Anderson flailing her arms and reciting the Lord's prayer.
In an interview conducted at the hospital following her surgery, Anderson told the detective, "He was in bed, and I think I have too many pillows. I just got off work, and he was sleeping, I don't know [inaudible] to, then he just stopped breathing. Before I called the police, I got a knife and stabbed myself. I tried to resuscitate him, and he couldn't come back. I love him so much. I love him."
The Affidavit for an Arrest Warrant then goes on to say, "I asked Carlisha if she remembered calling 911. She advised she did but didn't remember what she was saying or shouting."
Anderson has been charged with second-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child, child neglect, assault on a firefighter, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. She is being held without bail.
Her court date is not known at this time.