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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lupita Cortez, South Bay Mom, Accused of Dropping Her Toddler from Window

Posted By on Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 8:20 AM

click to enlarge Not exactly a good way to celebrate Christmas
  • Not exactly a good way to celebrate Christmas

A San Jose mother remains in police custody today after she allegedly tossed her 2-year-old son from a second-story window, creating a not-so-merry Christmas Day for her family.

Lupita Cortez, 24, was arrested Sunday evening on suspicion of attempted murder, child abuse, and assault with a deadly weapon. According to news reports, she woke up on Christmas morning, and while her family was getting ready for church, she dropped her 22-month-old son, Nathan Alvarez Cortez, out of her apartment window, 20 feet down.

After she tossed her son, Lupita Cortez threw

herself out the window, but landed safely on a concrete passage at

the next apartment house.

The boy hit a small patch

of hard dirt on the 3500 block of Alden Way, barely

missing the concrete patch, police said. Nathan, thankfully, only suffered

only minor bruises. He is now in the care of shaken-up relatives, police said. 

Cortez is at Valley

Medical Center, where she has been healing from broken bones in her ankles

and feet. She also had an involuntary psychiatric hold placed on her, Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza told the Mercury News. "She's going to be here for a while," he said. "We

have a couple of deputies outside her room."


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