Mom on Facebook when child drowned

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 1:15pm

Mom on Facebook when child drowned

Personal Note: This really is a tragedy .. I remember reading about kids getting into trouble and/or dying when mom was playing World of Warcraft, when mom was playing Farmville ... it's not about being on the computer as much as it's about neglect and negligence. My little grandson is almost 5 and I still don't leave him in the bath to go where I cannot hear him splashing and playing and the second it's quiet I will call to him or walk over and actually check on him. Accidents happen way too quick in the bath. The baby was only 13 months old.... should the mom if convicted face 13 to 48 years? .. your thoughts

(CNN) -- A Colorado woman told authorities she was using Facebook in another room when her infant son drowned in a bathtub, according to an arrest affidavit.

Shannon Johnson, 34, was arrested January 11 on one count of child abuse by knowingly and recklessly causing a death, said Jennifer Finch, community relations director for the Weld County District Attorney's Office.

If convicted, the Fort Lupton resident could face a sentence of 16 to 48 years, Finch said. "This is an extremely tragic incident," Undersheriff Margie Martinez told HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell. According to the Weld County Sheriff's Office affidavit, the child died on September 20, 2010. The infant, not named in the affidavit, was 13 months old, according to CNN affiliate KUSA. The autopsy listed anoxic brain injury, cardiac arrest and drowning as the cause of death. Johnson said she put the child in the tub in the morning after he ate and played, according to the affidavit. The water was a little higher than normal, it added.

Court documents indicate the infant had been treated for a seizure about a month before his death.

"The Defendant admitted that she was on Facebook playing a game called Cafe World, checking on friends' status and sharing videos, in the living room, while [the infant] was in the bathtub," according to the affidavit.

The woman checked on the infant once and found him playing. After about three more minutes, "she didn't hear [the boy] playing, she went in to check on him and saw him sideways with his face in the water," the affidavit states.

The boy was later airlifted to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to authorities.

Johnson told investigators that starting two weeks before the incident, she would leave the boy alone in the tub, according to the affidavit. Asked why, she said "she started doing this when he really wanted to be left alone; he was a very independent baby. She also said she knew what it was like to be told no, she didn't want her baby to be told no and didn't want him to be known as a mama's boy."

She acknowledged leaving the infant alone "was so stupid," according to the affidavit. The story

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 1:31pm

Yes, the mother should indeed be sentenced to the longest possible term in prision. Who in their right mind would leave a 13 month old ALONE in a bath tub, b/c "he wanted to be alone and is independent"

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 1:45pm

If she didn't want to tell her child "no", she shouldn't have ever become a parent.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 2:32pm

Normally I would just call this a horrible accident and spare the judgement of the mother, however, there are a couple of things that just don't sit right with me.

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 4:43pm

I agree, the whole independent baby at 13 mo/don't want to tell the baby no thing?

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 4:45pm

It doesn't even sound believeable for a normal parent to give those excuses.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 8:37pm

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 8:42pm

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 10:42pm
Haven't read the replies yet, but IMO, it's irrelevant what she was doing when she left her infant son alone in the bathtub, there's just no excuse for that ever. I barely feel comfortable turning to get a washcloth that is directly behind me with my 21 month old in the tub. He has fallen right in front of my eyes, and been in the water in 2 seconds flat, NO way I'd be leaving him in there alone. The fact that she was on FB, while irrelevant, is just horribly, horribly stupid.

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