Hobbs mother stabbed herself after inflicting deadly injuries on 11-year-old son

11-year-old Bruce Johnson Jr.
11-year-old Bruce Johnson Jr.(Picasa | Provided by Lea County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 12, 2022 at 12:48 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 12, 2022 at 9:22 PM CDT
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HOBBS, New Mexico (KCBD) - A mother in Hobbs inflicted critical stab wounds on herself after stabbing and inflicting deadly injuries on her 11-year-old son.

The attack was called in Sunday morning, July 10, just before 1 a.m.

Lea County deputies found 11-year-old Bruce Johnson Jr. and 49-year-old Mary Johnson both stabbed multiple times.

Deputies arrived at the home in the 3900 block of N. Dal Paso Street in Hobbs, NM after Bruce Johnson, Sr. called 911 to report his wife and son had both been stabbed.

Bruce, Sr. told deputies he was asleep when he heard his son screaming. He found his son in his room, lying on the bed with stab wounds. He went to call 911 when he found Mary was also stabbed, and unconscious in another room.

Bruce, Jr. told investigators that he was stabbed by his mother and then his mother stabbed herself. Investigators have issued an arrest warrant for 49-year-old Mary Johnson, who remains in critical condition in a Lubbock hospital.

The boy was taken to Covenant Health in Hobbs where he was pronounced dead a few hours later. His body was sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque for an autopsy, which confirmed he had been stabbed multiple times.

Lea County investigators say Bruce, Sr. had moved to Hobbs with his son from Oklahoma and left Mary behind after allegations that she was abusing his son. He told investigators he was planning to file for divorce because of the abuse and because Mary was often violent with him.

He said Mary had not seen her son in 40 days and had been begging to see him, so she came to Hobbs to spend time with them before the divorce was filed.

Investigators say there had been two abuse reports when they lived in Oklahoma, but none filed in New Mexico.

If anyone has information about the case, please contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 5754-396-3611.

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