A Washington woman was charged with second-degree murder after admitting to strangling her son to death on Halloween.
Ryan Rosales, 9, was found unresponsive, and his father called 911 to say he found his son's lips had turned blue and that he was covered in red spots, according to KCPQ.
Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene. Medics believed the situation to be suspicious and called for more deputies to investigate.
"This was a situation that needed to be turned over to detectives because there was just something about the situation that did not look right," said Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson.
Detectives saw that the boy's mother, 47-year-old Amber Lynn James, had written on the wall phrases like: "Harvest," "Spaywar," "Greed kills," "sex trade," "God is coming," "No pedo," and "Michael=Devil."
Investigators detained James, and took her to the sheriff's office for questioning. Police found that James was carrying two lighters, cloves of garlic, and a vial of holy water that she said she used to "say a prayer for my baby."
James was then transported to the local hospital for a mental evaluation after she said she thought she was being followed.
"While at the hospital and unsolicited by Deputy Trout, Amber told Deputy Trout that she needed to save her son from people that were after us, needed to protect him," said Wilson. "She had described (the boy) as the best kid in the world. She stated she had prayed, thought about it, cried and then put her hands around his throat so he couldn't breathe any longer."
According to Trout, James then told him: "How do I explain to someone why I just ... killed my kid? What is a good explanation of that? I killed my ... kid."
Court documents show that while James was taking prescription medication for anxiety, she was not diagnosed with any other mental heath disorders.
James had previously made a 911 call saying that she was being followed. She also later admitted to investigators that she watched "conspiracy type" YouTube videos about politics and "chemtrails."
Neighbors were shocked at the news.
"Everyone just kind of keeps to themselves. ... There's not much community unity here, although it's a great neighborhood," said Arguimedes Geigle, who lives around the corner from James.
"None of us suspected this would happen here," Geigle added. "It's just taken everyone by surprise."
James is being held at Kitsap County Jail. Bail was set at $1 million.