Spokane mother accused of throwing child has criminal history




Posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 12 at 6:47 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The mother accused of throwing her child over a fence and down an embankment has had previous run-ins with Spokane Police.

Witnesses told police that they saw Destiny Ahenakew, 25, swing her son twice before she tossed him down the hill near W. Mission near N. West Point Road.  Officers said the boy fell 50 feet. He was stopped by a pine tree according to witnesses Saturday afternoon. The boy is out of the hospital and in the custody of family members.

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Ahenakew does have a criminal history. Authorities said she was recently arrested while allegedly driving a stolen car. Spokane Police describe her as someone known to them, despite having no violent offenses.

Officials said Ahenakew’s record also includes Reckless Driving and Theft. They said she also has a misdemeanor for Driving with a Suspended License. People familiar with her said she also has some issues with drugs.

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Court documents show a witness said shortly after she threw her 1-year-old she said the devil made her do it. Ahenakew’s family said she has two children and despite the charges against her grandmother said she takes good care of them.

“She is a good mother, a good caring mother; she took good care of her baby. We just feel so bad, the whole family,” said Della Ahenakew.

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The father of the baby boy tells KREM 2 that he is trying to get his son back. The mother’s family said one of their relatives has him.

Ahenakew is charged with First Degree Assault of a Child but Major Crimes detectives said that could be upgraded to Attempted Murder.