NORTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A mental competency exam has been ordered for a North St. Paul mother accused of trying to strangle her 2-year-old son after jumping in front of several vehicles with him.

Twenty-five-year-old Aneesha Charmaine Toliver appeared in Ramsey County District Court Monday. A criminal complaint accuses Toliver of running in front of a Metro Transit bus last Tuesday while holding her toddler. Witness accounts vary as to whether the two were struck. Authorities say she then ran into the path of a car and another bus, but was not hit.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press  says when police arrived, officers tried to take the child from Toliver, but she squeezed him tightly, then threw the child to the pavement and put her hands around his neck to strangle him. Police say the boy is OK and is in foster care.

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Comments (40)
  1. Sam I am says:

    OMG that poor kid. Take the child away.

  2. justin says:

    I’m usually one who doesn’t have a problem correlating between socio-economic (race) status and stupid behavior like this, but in this case, the folks that are commenting on the race of the mother have to recognize that this is obviously a case of mental disorder, not race. Post-partum psychosis, from the headlines I’ve seen the last several years, doesn’t follow race or social standing. It just is. Look at all the times we’ve seen moms killing or trying to kill their kids. It’s always a case of mental problems, not social problems, and the mothers are as likely to be middle class and white. Sorry, if you decided that race had anything to do with this, you crossed the line as racist this time. You should be investing in white sheets and crosses. Or re-examine your preconceptions.

    1. liam Gilmorasy says:

      Justin, You are right.
      In a case like this it is mental illness.
      When it is one’s own child it goes beyond anger and hatred.
      Your comment was thoughtful and to the point.
      Thank you for that and please forgive my haste.

  3. red says:

    If she did not want the child, why did she have it in the first place?

    1. Stupid you are says:

      Ever hear of having sex and getting pregnant but not planning on getting pregnant

      1. The Architect says:

        That doesn’t answer the question.

  4. Amanda says:

    That is one HUGE desperate plea for help. If that is the only way she knows to get help, then the whole situation is extremely sad. Of course, that woman should not have access to her children. How many other children were not with her that day? I wish her health and recovery from the dark place where she has been surviving.

    1. The Architect says:

      A plea for help? Amanda, usually I agree with a lot of your comments, but this one is inexcusable.

      There is no reason to think she needs help, other than a rope or the end of a gun.

      Why is it ok for her to do this and still keep going on living, as we pretend it’s just a phase she’s going through?


      There should be NO second chances for any human after an episode such as this, sorry. There is NO excuse, and to say it’s a “desperate plea for help” is just making excuses for her, and that is pathetic.

      1. PDUBYA says:

        Sounds like you could use a little professional help yourself here “Architect”. Maybe some anger management counseling? What this woman did and attempted to do to her own defenseless baby is deplorable and I am thankful that the child is OK. But mental illness IS a reason that this may have happened, not an excuse. You are so self righteous, I pity anyone in your family that may suffer from any type of mental illness or disorder. From reading your posts, I think someone in your family does suffer from a personality disorder ….YOU!

        1. The Architect says:

          Anger management might be in order for Aneesha, I’d say. You don’t see me throwing toddlers onto the ground and strangling them.

          Which mental illness are you suggesting this “human” has been inflicted with? I minored in Psychology, so I’m curious about your opinion. Please do share.

          1. PDUBYA says:

            Minor is Psychology huh? Riiiiiiight! I wish I had a dollar for every person who CLAIMS to have some type of Psychology in their background posting anonymously on internet sites. I’d be a very wealthy person. You are the ones who usually have the most mean-spirited, nasty comments! So amusing! Fun to pretend, isn’t it?

            1. The Architect says:

              I’m not claiming a Psychology background. I’m saying I minored in it in college. I’m merely asking your opinion. What mental illness are you suggesting she has? Please be specific.

              1. PDUBYA says:

                Oh please! If you didn’t want others to believe that you have some kind of knowledge regarding mental illness, why bring up that you minored in Psychology in the first place? I make no such claim, so I wouldn’t presume to be specific in what type of mental illness this woman may be suffering from. From what little we know about this situation, as reported here in this article, I (and others) SUGGESTED that the Mother MAY be suffering from a mental illness to do something like attempt to kill her own child. You on the other hand, have stated that there is NO EXCUSE for this woman’s behavior and that she should be put down like some rabid animal. As I stated previously, what this woman did was deplorable and I am very thankful that the child is OK. However, I also have compassion and empathy for my fellow man, something you seem to lack. In my opinion, ANYONE who harms or kills a child or attempts to harm or kill a child, should get psychiatric help. And really, from the looks of your posts, perhaps you should get some help also.

                1. The Architect says:

                  “In my opinion, ANYONE who harms or kills a child or attempts to harm or kill a child, should get psychiatric help.”

                  And in my opinion, there should be no help offered because some lines are not ok to cross.

                  That should be kept foremost in the minds of those about to have a mental breakdown and jump into traffic. Do it yourself and leave the kid out of it.

  5. em0886 says:

    I literally almost threw up from reading this!! How sad…this mother needs extreme help but I feel way more sad for the child. I hope she doesn’t get him back, he will only suffer and the cycle of violence will continue. I can’t believe she did this…I think of my son when I read this since he is about that age and I would never remotely do anything like that…what is wrong with people?!?!?

    1. PDUBYA says:

      You assume because the Mother has an African-American sounding name that she must be on welfare. Even if she is on public assistance, why is this the reason she attempted to kill her child? She obviously has a mental illness and needs psychiatric help. Her source of income has no bearing here. It is people with your beliefs and attitudes that cause the majority of the problems in society. Your kind take every opportunity to spew hatred and garbage towards people of color and those on the lower social economic ladder then yourselves. You have no human compassion or empathy. You make me sick.

    2. JamieinMN says:

      I agree with PDUBYA, you’re being very judgmental. This has NOTHING to do with government, this has to do with the parenting skills this mother lacks.

      1. markH says:

        Sounds to me like you’re judging her parenting skills-how’s the view from that glass house?

        1. markH says:

          The previous message was directed to JamieinMN

        2. JamieinMN says:

          Yea, she is LACKING parental skills OBVIOUSLY you idiot!

          1. markH says:

            Ah, the ad hominem-that last gasp of those who have no compelling argument to make so rely on personal attacks. The point I was making (because you missed the irony here) is that you admonished a previous poster for judging the woman and then went ahead and judged her parenting skills. Now, I fully agree with you that her parenting skills likely suck-but then I’m not the one who cautioned others not to judge; you did. Peace.

            1. The Architect says:

              Someone disagrees so they report the comment.

              Grow up. She DOES deserve to die. She deserves NO second chances.

          2. LOL says:

            Did you forget to take your meds today Jamie

  6. Mel says:

    No one mentioned that she might be on drugs. Lots of drugs create paranoid, and even violent behavior. I also don’t understand the comments that this woman is just crying out for help. The highest profile case in recent American history is about a white mother who probably killed her child and got away from it, yet I don’t remember anyone stating that this was just her way of crying out for help.

    1. The Architect says:

      It doesn’t matter. Drugs? Wrong. People do not try to kill their baby because they’re on drugs.

      Have you ever USED drugs, Mel?

      Or are you reading out of page 37 of the “I’ve Never Used Drugs, But Want to Know What Happens to Someone Who Does by Someone Who Never Has” book?

  7. JamieinMN says:

    OMG what a psychotic BIOTCH! Please DO NOT ever let her come in contact with this child again! I don’t care if she was on drugs, alcohol, or has a mental illness. She is obviously a very UNFIT mother.

  8. Matt says:

    Is this the same woman who tried to mail a puppy?

  9. AMO says:

    then it will be another tragedy we read about…. this is so sad!

  10. ..Deport The Swedish says:

    Another bible crazed….right wing…….swedish pile of garbage…….I can not believe the swedish culture! They form gangs….suck welfare…..they let there kids run amuck…..I wish they would all go back to Sweden…..I am tired of reading about Swed on Swed crime…….

    1. Jim S. says:

      Very funny. Everyone knows young Jewish males are running amok.

  11. Reailty says:

    Another great example of our welfare dollars hard at work.

  12. DFLSUX says:

    Another liberal hard at work!

  13. Mel says:

    Lets see if she gets charged with attempted murder, or just battery. I think it’s hard for people to just accept that some people are just plain evil, so they make excuses for their behavior. I even did it earlier in a comment, cause for a mom to do something to hurt her own child, there must be a reasonable explanation for it. But, if we look at the society we live in, where the number of babies killed by abortion has exceeded the casualties of all our country’s wars combined, we are sending the message that kids are expendable.

  14. Jeff "Gangsta" J says:

    My God, you guys crack me up.

    This has nothing to do with drugs (well it probably does) or “crying out for help…..

    This is the oldest trick in the book that black women do….they PURPOSEFULLY run in front of a moving bus with their children in hopes that the bus hits them so they can sue Metro Transit. However, they make VERY sure that the bus isn’t traveling at a high rate of speed so that if they do get hit, they won’t get killed but they will have just “enough” injuries to call a lawyer.

    My friend is a bus driver and he tells me this happens EVERY DAY!!!

    Lock her up and throw away the key.

    1. PDUBYA says:

      U R one sick puppy, ya know that? Maybe you should run in front of a bus and do the world a favor! Geez!

  15. Mike Hunts says:

    You internet tough guys sure are showing everyone how tough you are! Your toughness really impresses me. Women must be very impressed by your strong grasp of internet toughness, as well, and I’m sure you are all very successful in real life.

  16. The Architect says:

    Ahh well, too bad for her kid then, eh? It was just a mental illness, so if he dies by his mother’s hand, well that’s a sad situation, but tough hop for him, right? Because she needs help.

    LOL. You crack me up.

  17. not funny says:

    Real nice FYI. You tell someone to kill themselves cause they challenge you? Sorry, I had to report your comment.

  18. Matt says:

    Thanks for the inside information. After her psychiatrist hands her a prescription, maybe he can call a nurse in and have her administer a Depo-Provera shot too.

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