18 February 2012
The Ledger

Authorities found her alone, sitting in her minivan on the fourth floor of an airport parking lot, contemplating suicide.

In her conversations with detectives later, Neha Patel confessed outright, authorities said.

She slapped him.
She drowned him.
She said she hated him.

It was the death of 1-year-old Ishan Patel that sparked Polk County authorities' day-long search for the woman, charged late Friday with first-degree murder of her own child.

Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office took Patel, 32, of South Lakeland, into custody, after Tampa International Airport police discovered her in the parking garage. The arrest came nearly 11 hours after Neha Patel presented the body of the dead child to her husband, Rasesh B. Patel, 33, while next to the child's crib in their home, authorities said.

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