PALMDALE (CBS) — Detectives are investigating why a woman was trying to drown her own 8-year-old son in the swimming pool of her Palmdale apartment complex.

Allaire McDougal, 33, was arrested Thursday night about 7:30 p.m. when Palmdale sheriff’s deputies got a call to rescue a child, who was being held under water in the pool of the Monte Vista apartment complex in Palmdale.

Bystanders intervened and rescued the child, authorities said. He was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Witnesses say they heard the McDougal yelling, “It’s the end of the world, I have to let you go!” When deputies arrived, they had to subdue McDougal before they could arrest her.

McDougal was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is being held on $1 million bail.


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