Mom Accused of Decapitating Her 6-Year-Old Son and Family Dog Will Face Trial, Judge Rules

Tasha Haefs allegedly claimed the "devil" was trying to attack her when she called 911 in Feb. 2022, according to a criminal complaint

Kansas City Police Tasha Haefs
Kansas City Police Tasha Haefs

A Missouri woman accused of decapitating her young son and their dog in 2022 has been deemed competent to stand trial.

Tasha Haefs, 37, was arrested on Feb. 15, 2022 and charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of her son, Karvel Stevens, 6.

In June 2022, she was deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial and the case was suspended while she underwent treatment, court records show, USA Today reports.

The Missouri Department of Mental Health monitored her progress and filed a confidential report requesting that the case proceed, court records show, according to USA Today.

On Friday, a judge in the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County granted a motion for the case to move forward, KMBC reports.

The alleged crime came to light on Feb. 15, 2022, when Kansas City police responded to Haefs’ home after receiving a call from an unidentified woman inside, saying that "the devil was trying to attack her," WDAF-TV reported.

KMBC 9/Youtube Tasha Haefs' Kansas City, Missouri, home
KMBC 9/Youtube Tasha Haefs' Kansas City, Missouri, home

When officers arrived, they allegedly saw blood and hair on the front steps and front door and could hear a woman singing inside, the criminal complaint against Haefs alleged.

The woman who lived at the home refused to answer the door for the officers, according to the complaint.

But the singing grew louder, officers said, according to the complaint.

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"Officers while attempting to make contact with the female occupant observed what appeared to be the severed head of a deceased person near the threshold of the residence," authorities alleged in the complaint.

In the short time the officers were there, they learned neighbors hadn’t seen the children who lived at the home for a few days.

"Officers fearing for the safety of any children remaining inside the residence forced entry under exigent circumstances and took the female occupant into custody without incident,” the complaint said.

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Officers searched the home and found no other children, but "located the decapitated body of a young child near the front door of the residence," states the complaint.

Officers also found a dead dog in the home, KSHB-TV reported.

"The female suspect had apparent blood on her person and two knives with apparent blood on them were observed in plain view throughout the residence," reads the complaint. A blood-stained screwdriver was also recovered from the scene.

While speaking to police, "Haefs admitted to killing the victim in the bathtub and decapitating the victim," the complaint alleged.

The child’s death was ruled a homicide.

Haefs's arraignment is scheduled for April 29. Her attorney did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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