Police: Mother claims 10-year-old son killed himself after she whipped, choked him

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Police in Tennessee have launched an investigation into the death of a 10-year-old after his mother reportedly disciplined him.

Authorities were called to the family's apartment on Saturday and discovered Jaheim McKinzie unresponsive in an ambulance.

The child was reportedly bleeding from his chest, according to WREG. He died an hour later at a hospital.

His mother, Robin McKinzie, told first responders that she was whipping her son with an extension cord and choking him as a form of punishment when he ran into the kitchen and stabbed himself.

McKinzie’s neighbors were left in disbelief after hearing about the death of the young boy.

A close friend of McKinzie’s, who does not want to be identified, said McKinzie became distant this past year, and she didn’t know why.

“All I can say is that she was a good mother and her son was her life,” the woman said. “Her son was her life.”

McKinzie is being held on an aggravated child abuse charge and a $100,000 bond.