Redmond mother arrested in killing of 16-month-old son

REDMOND, Wash — A toddler is dead, his mother was arrested and accused of murder.

Thirty-six-year-old Tami Christianson was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of murder after deputies responded to a home near the 1700 block of 264th Ave. NE in Redmond for an aid call and found her 16-month-old son deceased.

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According to investigators, Christianson strangled her little boy in a bedroom.

Christianson, her boyfriend and their toddler, Brody, live in Spokane. They were staying at her parents' house near Redmond over the weekend.

According to court documents Christianson took Brody into the bedroom. When she came out, she told her boyfriend, "I did what I had to do," according to the police report. Her boyfriend, Scott Bass, ran into the room and found the baby.

He called 911 and told them Christianson had choked Brody to death.

On June 4 2016 around 3:30 p.m. King County sheriff's deputies responded to an AED request in unincorporated King County. The male caller told 911 communications that his 16-month-old son was not breathing and that others in the home were attempting CPR.

Officers and Medics arrived shortly after and attempted to revive the infant. However, they were unsuccessful.

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During the investigation, deputies uncovered evidence that the boy's 36-year-old mother had possibly caused the injuries that led to his death.

King County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes detectives will be investigating the incident and trying to determine the events leading up to the death of the infant.

Christianson does not have a criminal history.

Her father told KIRO 7 she suffers from bipolar disorder and used to be addicted to prescription medication.

Harold Christianson also said his daughter had been clean for about three years.

He said he thought everything was fine or he would have stayed at the house when his daughter was visiting.  When asked about his grandson he said, "He was here for several days. He was running around, pretty happy little guy."

He said Christianson has three sons. Brody was the youngest.

Scott Bass came to the jail to watch his girlfriend's court appearance on Monday. He was comforted by loved ones outside.

Christianson refused to leave her cell to appear in court. Her bail hearing was rescheduled for Tuesday. The prosecutor's office has until Wednesday to charge Christianson.

They plan to charge her with murder in the second degree.

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