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Addison mother pleads guilty to stabbing young son in the neck

Sameera Samreen

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An Addison woman accused of stabbing her 3-year-old son in the neck "so they could die together" has pleaded guilty.

Sameera Samreen, 30, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of aggravated battery of a child in exchange for prosecutors capping their sentence recommendation at 15 years and requiring her to register, for 10 years, as someone who has committed violence against a youth.

If found guilty during a trial, Samreen faced as many as 30 years in prison. Judge Blanche Hill Fawell will sentence her on April 14.

Samreen is accused of stabbing her son with a 7-inch kitchen knife on March 31, 2012, the same weekend her ex-husband remarried. Prosecutors said she prayed before cutting her own neck and wrist then turning the knife on the boy. Prosecutors said Samreen panicked when the child screamed and began applying pressure to his neck while texting her boss for help.

When police arrived, she reportedly told officers two masked men had broken into her home through a third-story balcony. She later confessed she was "depressed" and wanted to "die together" with her son, prosecutors said.

The boy, now with his paternal grandmother, survived with a 5-centimeter cut, which transected his jugular vein and required internal and external stitches.

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