(WHEATON) A west suburban woman was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday for slashing the throat of her 3-year-old son in 2012.
Judge Blanche Hill Fawell sentenced Sameera Samreen, 30, to seven years in prison Friday after she pled guilty Feb. 6 to one count of aggravated battery to a child, a class X felony, according to a statement from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office.
Samreen stabbed her son in the neck with a large kitchen knife about 8:05 p.m. on March 31, 2012, at her home in the 900 block of North Rohlwing Road in Addison, prosecutors said.
She initially claimed the boy suffered the stab wound when two masked men entered the apartment and attacked the mother and child, prosecutors said.
But when police questioned the boy about his 2-1/2-inch long neck wound, he told a different story, according to previous Sun-Times reports. Samreen — who authorities said also slashed her own neck before injuring her son — had been arrested a day earlier for shoplifting, and told friends she missed her family and was upset her former husband was remarrying.
The boy has since recovered from his injuries, prosecutors said.
“On March 31, 2012, Sameera Samreen did the unthinkable when she took a knife and plunged it into the neck of her three-year-old son,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement. “Thankfully, the boy has survived his injures. Regardless of what was going on in Mrs. Samreen’s life at the time, she had no right to inflict such extreme physical and emotional pain on a three-year-old boy. For her actions, she will now spend the next seven years of her life behind bars to think about what she has done.”
Samreen is required to serve 85 percent of her sentence before she is eligible for parole, prosecutors said.