A pair of frantic 911 calls about a suicidal woman armed with a knife sent three deputies racing toward a town of Sweden home in western New York Thursday night. Before they arrived, another caller urged them to hurry because someone had been injured.
When deputies arrived moments later, they were confronted by 36-year old Hanane Mouhib, brandishing a large kitchen knife and refusing to drop it. Pepper spray and a Taser were used to disarm her and prevent her from harming other occupants in the house.
Once Mouhib was in custody, the deputies made a grisly discovery. They found the decapitated body of a young boy, later identified as her 7-year-old son Abraham E. Cardenas, in an adjacent room.
Authorities say they aren’t certain what events precipitated the gruesome attack.
“There’s absolutely no explanation for us,” Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter said at a midday news conference on Friday. “The word ‘evil’ comes to mind … this is a mother who took her son’s life.”
Mouhib used a large-bladed kitchen knife to stab the victim in the upper-left area of the back and in his neck, causing the victim’s head to become severed from his body.
Sheriff Baxter also said that deputies had been called to the location twice last month when Mouhib had called 911 seeking assistance, Baxter said.
On March 5, Baxter said it appeared that she recognized she was having mental health issues and called for help. Deputies took her to an area hospital.
Three days later, she again called 911 telling dispatchers that she did not feel right. Because of the record of the March 5 encounter, Mouhib was taken to Rochester General Hospital, where she received treatment from March 8th through 26th.
Public records indicate Mouhib lives in the Lake Road house where the gruesome murder occurred with her husband, John Cardenas since 2010.
Mouhib was arraigned on a charge of second-degree murder in Sweden Town Court Friday morning. She pleaded not guilty and is being held in the Monroe County Jail without bail.
She is scheduled to return to Sweden Town Court on April 11, but the case will be presented to a Monroe County grand jury before that occurs, according to Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley. Sara VanStrydonck, the chief of the office’s Child Abuse Bureau, will prosecute the case.
According to state records, Mouhib is licensed as a nurse practitioner who specializes in mental health. She graduated from the College at Brockport’s nursing school in May 2011.
A spokesperson for Rochester Regional Health confirmed that she worked for them from January 2016 until she left in January 2017. She currently has no affiliation with that network.
Baxter said he believed she had also worked for a time in Buffalo, but it was not clear whether she was currently employed. New York has a growing Muslim problem. Read here.