"I came home, they were arguing," neighbor Christian Johnson told reporters. "I actually stopped to listen, and I heard screaming and the baby was crying. He just kept saying why wouldn't you pick up the phone? Why would you put that stress on me? Why wouldn't you pick up the phoneÂ—why, why?"
Wachenheim couldn't take any of her worried spouse's calls, of course, because she was feverishly penning a suicidal essay; the gist of which amounted to a confession about being "a bad mother" for allowing her newborn to fall twice and sustain injuries in "the shameful incidents."
In that 13-page suicide note, she further stated her belief that the boy had received permanent brain damage in both episodes, and therefore feared his future would be one doomed to disability.
Though her elaborate explanation was said to be carefully crafted and lucid-sounding, the troubled new mom was actually suffering from postpartum depression which steadily progressed into severe psychosis and tragically distorted her view of the situation.
Experts say almost 20-percent of new mothers experience varying degrees of this condition, but only about one or two in a thousand will go on to develop suicidal or homicidal ideations that they act upon.
Cynthia Wachenheim died from her leap to oblivionÂ…but her baby miraculously lived.
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