A Mesa woman who was spotted holding her 3-year-old son facedown in puddles on Friday claimed that Jesus told her to drown the boy, according to authorities.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the woman, 30-year-old Victoria Soliz, eventually would tell a doctor that she uses crystal meth as medication, according to court documents obtained by New Times.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was called shortly after noon on Friday, as a Mesa resident told dispatchers what he saw after hearing a child scream.
The man said he saw a woman on her knees in his front yard "pushing a toddler's face into a puddle as if trying to drown him," court documents state.
The man said he tried to tell the woman to stop, but she moved to a larger puddle, and pushed down the boy's face again.
Soliz gave her son "what appeared to be" CPR before deputies showed up and arrested her, according to the documents.
The reporting deputy notes that on Friday, "Heavy rain, hail, and wind ravaged the area."
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The boy was hospitalized, as was Soliz, who mentioned to doctors that she uses meth to "self-medicate" for schizophrenia and added that "Jesus" was the one who told her to drown her son.
Soliz then said that she didn't know how she ended up in the man's yard, but her son "became stuck to the ground" and then was subject to "some kind of electrical shock."
Soliz admitted to placing her son's face underwater, but the reporting deputy described her statement as "strange and incomprehensible."
Soliz faces a felony child-abuse charge, and the boy didn't sustain any injuries, according to the documents.