DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Appearing dry-eyed; but, somewhat dazed, Chloe Menager faced reporters Friday from behind bars at the Lew Sterrett Jail. The West Oak Cliff woman is charged with capital murder in the drowning death of her one-year-old son, Elijahu Perez.
CBS 11 News’ jailhouse interview with Menager lasted for some 25 minutes. Her primary purpose for granting the interview seemed to be getting a message to her husband. “I want him to be strong and I want him to know that I love him very much,” said Menager, “also his family and other people at our congregation.”
Menager, 25, described herself as a Messianic Jew, saying Yahweh, the Hebrew name for God, had spoken to her. “He was telling me things; but, I was rebellious, I wasn’t free yet, so I had doors open to demons and they were tormenting me.”
When asked what those ‘demons’ were telling her to do on Thursday afternoon, Menager responded: “I can’t really talk about it. I don’t really recall. Everything happened really fast. All I know is that I have to be strong and be faithful in Yahweh.”
At approximately 4:30 pm Thursday, uniformed Dallas Police officers stopped a vehicle in the 4000 block of Singleton. The driver told officers that he received a call that his one year old child was deceased. Officers followed the driver to the 4300 block of Wyoming. There, they found Elijah dead of an apparent drowning in the family’s bathtub. Menager was arrested and charged with capital murder.
During a sometimes bizarre interview with CBS 11 News, Menager denied killing the child. But, when asked who did, said, “I can’t really answer the question.”
Menager said that she was not taking any medication and has not sought treatment for any mental health related issues.
She says she was born in France and came to the United States ten years ago. When asked what she would tell her son, today, Menager responded in French– saying she loves him “more than very much.”