ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis County Police say 19-month-old Elijah Ebberson was stabbed to death by his own mother. Valisa Ebberson, 24, is charged with murder in the second degree.
Sunday night the grandmother of the murdered child spoke out, saying she believes mental illness contributed to her daughter's deadly actions.
"She said her baby had demons inside him," said a tearful Valarie Ebberson. "She ran out of the bathroom and said, 'I did it'."
Valarie Ebberson said that's when she ran outside the family's Bel-Ridge apartment on Torchlite to contact police. Police say the child was rushed to DePaul Hospital Friday but did not survive.
"Certain issues that my daughter was having, we would brush it off," said Valarie Ebberson. She says her daughter had been diagnosed with a mental illness.
Valisa Ebberson is jailed in St. Louis County on a $100,000 bond. Her mother wonders if something could have been done to prevent the death of her grandson.
There is no indication from police mental illness contributed to the child's murder. A statement from police indicates investigators are still looking for a motive.