Child allegedly stabbed by mother in NW Harris Co. remains on life-support

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That's the same mental illness lawyers argued led Andrea Yates to drown her five children in 2001

A woman accused of attacking her 4-year-old child with a knife appeared in court this morning.

Jenea Mungia allegedly stabbed her son, Ayden, at their James River Lane home Thursday. We learned during her court appearance that Ayden remains on life support at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Mungia's friends say she wasn't in her right mind at the time of the stabbing, that she was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis after Ayden's birth.

"If that condition deteriorates, becomes worse, the patient begins to have very bizarre thinking in addition to the depression, begins to think they're a bad person, begins to think that they shouldn't be alive, that the baby shouldn't be alive," says psychologist Dr. Richard Pesikoff.

According to court documents, Mungia stabbed her son throughout his torso, had blunt force trauma to his head, and his private parts were partially mutilated.

She's being held without bond.
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