Atlanta mother dies after attacking children, drinking cleaning solution

An Atlanta woman died Thursday evening, hours after she attacked her two young children and then ingested cleaning solution before officers arrived, authorities said.

Police responded to the Forest Cove Apartments on Thomasville Boulevard about 12:15 p.m. after receiving a call about an “emotionally disturbed” woman abusing children, Atlanta police spokesman Officer Steve Avery said.

The woman, identified as 34-year-old Tanesha Woods, reportedly struck her 10-year-old with an object and tried to smother her 3-year-old before pouring bleach on both of them, authorities said.

She then ingested some of the cleaning solution before police arrived at the home.

Both children were rushed to the hospital. Two Atlanta officers were also treated after inhaling chemical fumes while responding to the apartment, police said.

Both officers have since been released and are recovering at home, Officer TaSheena Brown said Thursday night. The woman’s children are also expected to be OK.

Woods was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital after ingesting the cleaning products, but died late Thursday, Brown said.

According to Atlanta police, Thursday’s incident was the first time they were called to the home.

The 3-year-old remained in the hospital Friday morning but was expected to be released shortly. The 10-year-old is in the custody of a relative, and the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services was called in to handle the placement and care of the children, police said.

The case remains under investigation.

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