(WROC) – A Rochester-area mother is facing murder charges for the death of a child in Sweden on Thursday.
Hanane Mouhib, 36, was arraigned Friday morning for the death of Abraham Cardenas, officials say.
Deputies said they were called to a home on South Lake Road in Sweden around 8:19 p.m. for a report of a suicidal woman with a knife.
Once investigators were able to secure the scene, they found multiple people inside, including other children, the woman’s husband and another relative. Deputies say they ordered Mouhib to drop a knife, but she refused. Deputies used pepper spray and a taser to get her to drop the weapon.
As the searched the home, they found the body of seven-year-old Abraham Cardenas. Deputies say Cardenas had been stabbed in the back and severely cut at the head, causing his head to be severed from his body.
Mouhib is charged with murder. She is being held without bail in the case.
Deputies say they were called to Mouhib’s home twice for mental health situations. During the last call, on March 8, Mouhib was transported to Rochester General Hospital where she was treated for a period of time. The sheriff says both calls were made by Mouhib.
When asked about the motive, Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter called the crime “unexplainable.” He added, “The word evil comes to mind.”
“You appreciate what you have as a family, what you have at home, what you have for life.”
In a statement, Brockport school district officials said Abraham Cardenas was a first grader at Barclay Elementary School.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our students. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Abraham’s family, friends and all affected by this tragedy. Any loss of life is a loss to our entire community. Our district’s Trauma, Illness and Grief team was immediately mobilized upon learning of this tragedy. We will have counselors available to provide support this weekend and throughout the week for students, staff and families in need.”
Mouhib worked for Rochester Regional Health from January 2016 to January 2017. According to the health group’s website, she worked as a nurse practitioner at Rochester Mental Health Center. Before that, the College at Brockport reports Mouhib was a nursing student from Fall 2009 to May 2011 when she graduated.
Mouhib also used to work in Buffalo, but it is not clear where she was employed.