Mother accused of stabbing baby boy to death at Buckeye home

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Booking photo of Andrea Portillo.  (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Booking photo of Andrea Portillo. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Andrea Portillo. (Source: Buckeye Police Department) Andrea Portillo. (Source: Buckeye Police Department)
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Andrea Portillo was transferred to 4th Avenue Jail on Monday night. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Andrea Portillo was transferred to 4th Avenue Jail on Monday night. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Buckeye police have identified the mother who is the suspect in a deadly stabbing of a 5-month-old baby boy.

Investigators said the suspect is 29-year-old Andrea Portillo.

[Booking photo: Andrea Portillo]

Portillo was booked into jail on one count of second-degree murder-intentional and one count of child abuse.

[Raw video: Perp walk of mother accused of killing son]

Sgt. Jason Weeks said police responded to a home in the 23000 block of West La Salle Street after someone called 911 to report a possible stabbing at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

The fire department also responded, and the child was airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital in serious condition. Police said he later died.

"We do have a suspect in custody," said Sgt. Weeks. 

Police later said that suspect was the boy's mother, who is Portillo.

[Raw video: Buckeye police briefing on baby stabbing investigation]

Sgt. Weeks told reporters that police are still trying to figure out what exactly took place.

Investigators were still interviewing witnesses at the scene on Monday afternoon.

A source close to the investigation said police were first alerted on Monday morning after Portillo made a rather bizarre call from the home to the father and husband, indicating there was a problem. A call to 911 followed.

"It's still a dynamic and fluid situation, so it's going to be a while until we found out what exactly happened," explained Sgt. Weeks.

Sgt. Weeks said the victim did live at the home where the stabbing occurred.

There were two other children in the house at the time of the stabbing. They were not injured.

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There are no previous Buckeye police calls for service to that family's home, according to Sgt. Weeks.

Video from the news helicopter showed police officers on a residential street near Broadway and Watson roads on Monday afternoon.

Police shut down Riata Parkway during the investigation.

Sgt. Weeks said despite the extremely difficult circumstances, police are working to take care of the family, conduct a proper investigation and bring the perpetrator to justice.

"It's very traumatizing for the family members along with the police officers on scene. It's not every day we come to something like this," Sgt. Weeks said.

[Google Map: Roeser Road and Riata Parkway]

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