Woman Found to be Insane at Time of 2-Year-Old Son’s Killing

POMONA (CNS) – A judge today found that a Covina woman charged with murdering her 2-year-old son was insane at the time of the crime.

Xa Dinh Ngo, now 42, was arrested in January 2019 after a Covina police sergeant spotted her running partially clothed in the middle of the street at 300 N. Second Ave. shortly before 3:30 a.m., according to police. She had what appeared to be blood spatter on parts of her body but no visible injuries, authorities said.

Police said Ngo made statements that led officers to believe that there might be a potential victim, and investigators determined that she lived at a townhouse in the 100 block of East Italia Street, where they discovered a small fire and found the body of the toddler, who was subsequently identified by the coroner’s office as Alvis Puentes.

Ngo initially was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and then arrested in connection with the child’s death, police said.

The boy had been stabbed multiple times, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

A March 10 hearing involving where Ngo will be housed is set before Judge Mike Camacho.

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