Mesa woman reportedly tries to drown son in puddle

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

MESA, Ariz. --  A Mesa mother was arrested for alleged child abuse, after police say she tried to drown her toddler son in a puddle.

This happened on March 8, during last week's heavy rains.

According to court documents, neighbors of 30 year old Victoria Soliz heard a child screaming outside a home near Broadway and Sossaman Roads in Mesa. 

The neighbor told police he saw Soliz on her knees in the yard, repeatedly pushing a toddler's face into a puddle. The neighbor also told detectives that it looked as if Soliz  was "trying to drown him".

The witness confronted the woman and told her to stop. But she continued, so he called police.

In the time before officers arrived, the woman reportedly moved the child to a larger puddle, and did it again several more times. She then apparently started to give the  boy what appeared to be CPR.

The little boy was soaked and shivering, and was wearing just a t-shirt, shorts and socks. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but is expected to be okay.

Soliz was also taken to the hospital. There, according to court documents, she admitted to doctors that she had been using methamphetamine to self-medicate her schizophrenia. She claimed she had suffered from the condition from a very young age.

According to court documents, Soliz also told doctors that "Jesus" told her to "drown" her son.