A woman was arrested after her three-year-old son was found dead with a stab wound at their Michigan home.

According to local reports, two family members visited the home in the 26400 block of Lehigh Street around 3.30 p.m. Wednesday (May 6) after they couldn’t reach the child’s mother for days. Someone with a key let the two women in following which they found the child’s body in a bedroom. They immediately alerted the police.

The officers found the boy, identified as Zion Muhammed, lying in a pool of blood in the bedroom. Police said the boy died from a stab wound to his chest. Investigation revealed that the child lived with his mother at the home and the woman was last seen on Friday. A search was launched for the woman.

Inkster Police Chief William Riley III said with the help of fellow police agencies, the woman was found at a hotel in a different city around 7 p.m. The woman was arrested. She was a person of interest in the case. Investigation was underway to find the motive behind the crime.

“Tragic as it may be, we need to find out what happened and why,” Riley said, adding that the incident was a tragedy for a whole community.

“When something like this happens, it shakes the neighborhood because a child is involved,” he said.

The incident comes two months after a woman in Sugar Land, Texas, was charged after her son was found dead at their home. The father of the four-year-old boy arrived at the home and saw blood on the home. The man then saw his wife, 36-year-old Ritika Rohatgi Agrawal, walking around with injuries. He immediately alerted the police.

The officers found the body of the child in a room upstairs. Police said the body was found with throat slit and that the wounds on the mother’s neck and wrists were self-inflicted. The woman was rushed to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. She was charged with capital murder of a person under 10 years old. Officials believe the woman was suffering from mental illness.

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23-year-old Sabita Dookram was arrested for allegedly throwing her newborn baby outside a bathroom window. Getty Images/John Moore