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Warrant: Irving mom confessed demons told her to sacrifice her 8-year-old son in RV

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An Irving mother killed her 8-year-old son because demons told her to sacrifice him on a bed inside a recreational vehicle, according to an arrest warrant.

Tisha Sanchez told her sister about the killing Sunday morning and asked her sister to forgive her, the warrant stated.

After hearing Sanchez’s confession, her sister walked to the RV parked in a backyard and found the body of 8-year-old Joevani De La Pena, according to the warrant obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Monday.

Irving police arrested Sanchez on Sunday morning, and she faces a charge of capital murder.

The one-page warrant gave this brief account of the killing:

Irving patrol officers responded to a call shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sunday in the 2600 block of Peach Tree Lane in Irving.

Sanchez’s sister had called police and reported that she believed her sister had killed her nephew by suffocating him with a pillow.

Sanchez also called 911, saying she believed her son had died.

Police arrived at the address, walked to the RV and found the young boy dead on a bed.

Sanchez was booked into the Irving Jail shortly after 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Sanchez, 30, remained in the Irving City Jail on Monday in lieu of $2 million bond. She also is being held on warrants on charges of assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest out of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.

In late 2018, Child Protective Services investigated Sanchez, but the case was closed in January 2019, a spokeswoman said. CPS has had no other contact with the family.

Another of Joevani’s aunts has organized an online fundraiser for funeral expenses.

“Joevani had a very positive and playful spirit,” his aunt wrote. “His caring nature touched countless of lives and created many, many friendships. He had a contagious smile with an even bigger heart.”

Reporter Kaley Johnson contributed to this story.
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