Mother Confesses Demons told her to Sacrifice 8-year-old Son

Mother Confesses Demons told her to Sacrifice 8-year-old Son June 25, 2019
Tisha Sanchez Irving Police Booking Photo/Joevani De La Pena photo

A Texas mother was arrested and charged with capital murder after she murdered her eight-year-old son. Tisha Sanchez, 30, of Irving Texas, killed her son and told her sister that “demons told her to sacrifice her son.”

According to a media release by the Irving Police Department, officers responded to a call at the 2600 block of Peach Tree Lane on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

When officers arrived at the home, they found an unconscious child inside a recreation vehicle parked outside of the house. Officers determined the deceased child was Sanchez’s eight-year-old son Joevani De La Pena.

The Star-Telegraph obtained a copy of the arrest warrant for Sanchez that provided a brief description of the events. Early Sunday morning, Sanchez’s sister called the police and reported that her sister had killed her nephew. According to the sister, Sanchez suffocated her son by using a pillow. After police received a call from her sister, Sanchez called 911 to report that her son was deceased.

When interviewed by police, the sister said Sanchez confessed to killing her nephew. During her confession, Sanchez told her sister that “demons told her sacrifice her son.” Additionally, her sister reported that Sanchez asked for her forgiveness. After the sister learned of her nephew’s death, she went out to the RV. Inside the RV, she found her eight-year-old nephew deceased.

Shortly after police found Joevani’s body, they arrested Sanchez for capital murder. Authorities booked her into Irving City Jail on Sunday morning and set her bail at 2 million dollars. Officers later transferred her to Dallas County Jail.

According to booking recording obtained by WOACB, police charged Sanchez with assaulting a police officer, capital murder of a child under 10-years-old, and resisting arrest. Dallas County Jail set her bail at $753,500.00. She remains held in county jail as of this morning.

Two of Sanchez’s charges relate to an incident that occurred in late 2018. While shopping with her son at a clothing store, witnesses grew concerned about Sanchez’s treatment of her son.

Several shoppers notified police of the behavior, and police arrived at the scene. At the time, witnesses said the mother acted erratically. Sanchez became violent with police when they tried to arrest her. The police were concerned about Sanchez’s mental health.

Following the incident, CPS opened an investigation to determine if Joevani was at risk with his mother. However, Joevani told CPS workers that his mother took great care of him and was not violent. Shortly after interviewing Joevani, CPS closed the case in January 2019. The agency had no further contact beyond that incident.

Now seven months later, Joevani is dead, and his mother is in jail. Many questions remain about the mental health status of the mother. Based on statements provided by the sister to police, Sanchez may have been suffering from delusions or hallucinations. Whether Sanchez sought out help for mental health issues is not known at this time.

According to a fundraiser to cover funeral expenses for Joevani, his aunt describes him as a positive and playful spirit. She said he had a contagious smile and a bigger heart that touched the lives of countless people.

If you would like to help the family cover funeral expense, please visit the fundraiser here.

If you are someone you know are struggling with mental health issues, please reach out for help. The National Helpline for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides resources and has a 24/7 Help Line. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Visit their website here.


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  • Amused To Death

    Love that Texas religious freedom. Or does it not count because she’s Latina?

  • Carra McClelland

    I don’t see where her religion was infringed upon? She killed her son. Regardless of reasons given, she killed her son.

  • Amused To Death

    According to the average Christian, Jesus (or the devil) is legitimate reason for anything. The Texas GOP is likely sounding her out for head of CPS.

  • phatkhat

    Capital murder? The DA is already on this? Eh, the woman is obviously mentally ill. But, then, she’s a Latina, and we know how they are all rapists and murderers. /s Texas is truly the pits.

  • persephone

    Most 8-year-olds are going to say everything is fine with their parent(s), even if it isn’t. They should have made more of an effort, but, hey, he’s just one more brown kid.

    Then when kids do say that there are problems, too often it’s chalked up to the kid is trying to mom/dad in trouble.

  • LimeGecko

    Poor kid. Poor family! Maybe she’s using the demon thing as an excuse but if not this is another example of unneeded suffering because we won’t as a society provide everyone who needs it mental health treatment. It’s going to be terrible for her if she’s stabilized and realizes what she did.