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US Mother Accused of Playing on Facebook While Baby Died

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An American mother who told police her 13-month-old son drowned in the bathtub while she was playing a game on Facebook was charged on Friday with child abuse resulting in death


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Anne F (17)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:11 pm
How sad.
It seems strange to me to think that a baby needs to be independent. Warnings for children under 3 might remind us that toddlers need to be attended.

Kathy Javens (104)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:30 pm
Noted. Another reason to get rid of facebook and other sites like it.

Sharon Balloch (127)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:55 pm
What a shame and what a crock... a year old baby did not tell her he liked to be independant and wanted to be alone so she should go play on the internet.... in fact that baby could not talk at all... he was only 13 months old.. mental health problems is in this mess somewhere..

CherAway C (1424)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:57 pm

I wouldn't leave a 5 year old alone in the tub, let alone an infant!


Barb Knight (1685)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 2:19 pm
Irresponsible b***h! Why in Heaven's name would a mother do such a horrific thing!? NOTHING in this UNIVERSE should come before the WELFARE OF AN INFANT!! FB INCLUDED!! This only proves--to me at least--this mother must've not loved her baby very much. RIP Sweetheart....sadly noted. Thnx Cher :(

Alicia V (181)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 2:54 pm
In this one I'm keeping silent.

linda b (31)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 3:18 pm
Young children need constant watching. You can't take your eyes off them for a minute.

Past Member W (255)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 4:06 pm

Debbie G (306)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 5:11 pm
Babies and young children do not need to be independent in this kind of way (if they do at all). This woman needs to be fixed, she should not have any more babies. Thanks Cher.

Monique Pouchet (236)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 6:11 pm
It's almost a murder and could be. I hardly can believe it! at13 months he was a baby, anyone knows he can't let a baby! she did not care if he would live or not.

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 6:28 pm
Cher, I wouldn't leave my cats alone in the tub! WHAT IF...they paws got stuck in the drain and drown? An infant...??? This is beyond words. SADLY noted.

Tiffany B. (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:03 pm
Words cannot express totally the emotions I felt when I read this article. The game on fb was not going anywhere. Don't and can't understand it.

Carol H (229)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:11 pm
sadly noted, thanks Cher

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:39 pm
Selfish idiot...hope she gets the whole sentence and more, if possible - and sterilized to boot...Thanks Cher...

. (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:51 pm
Get "offline", turn off the T.V.!!! Get outdoors, pay attention to what's going on with your kids and visit humans in "REAL LIFE" !!!!

Enough said !!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 10:22 pm
Brains. What are they good for?

pam w (139)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 10:27 pm
She'll live with this for the rest of her life. Sad.....

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 6:36 am
A lot of persons are not fit to take care of their children,TY for the post Cher.

. (0)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 7:49 am
The mother admitted that the child had a history of seizures and had been warned not to leave him alone in the tub. While no one-year-old should be left to bathe alone this child certainly shouldn't have been. So I don't think this was just a case of an ordinary mistake that, frankly, many parents are guilty of in a variety of ways (I don't know of any parent who isn't negligent on occasion) - this mother was very seriously negligent.

Constance F (418)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 8:28 am
I have seen mothers, usually young mothers, playing with their cell phones (texting), or listening to their i-pods, etc...while their little 2-4 year old children were running all around. The mother, not even a glance, in the direction of the child. Yes, why are people having children when they are not capable of the responsibility. The responsibillity is immense. Pay ATTENTION.

Sandra T (126)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 9:26 am
Sadly noted, this act of neglicence seems too severe, for it being just an accident. In any case, it is inexcusable to leave a little baby alone anyplace, anytime.

M B (62)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 9:46 am
Young children need constant watching. You can't take your eyes off them for a minute !!

Haley S (1)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 11:32 am
That's horrible. Facebook isn't necessarily all bad, but people need to set limits. Small children need to be watched all the time, especially in the bathtub! It's' like when you see parents texting while their children play at the park - there's no sense of responsibility or connection.
Rest in peace, sweetheart.

Robert O (12)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 11:36 am
That's so sad. I can't believe that anything in this world is more important than the well-being and safety of one's child(ren). Children require constant supervision and a responsible adult's full, undivided attention.

. (0)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 11:59 am
Irresponsible fool. Hope she serves her full sentence.

Margery Coffey (8)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 12:15 pm
Computer addiction is real. It can cost lives as this story shows.

Nancy M (185)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 12:47 pm
Who in their right mind would leave a 13 month old in the tub alone????? for any reason. I do not have children but even I know that that is a one damn dumb thing to do...especially for fb stuff!!!!!

Mike S (86)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 12:52 pm
This is tragic.
Noted and shared. Thanks for posting Cher.

Karla H (6)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 12:53 pm
48 years in prison? maybe you should give her the death penalty, but not the easy way out, lets let her drown but not to fast, do it like they did with the witches, dip her in and then pull her up again a few times, what thf is wrong with americans?!? she has to live with this guilt for the rest of her life

Nancy sands (448)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 12:56 pm
I'm not surprised I've seen computer game addiction first hand and the house could burn down and they'd still be playing!

William Y (54)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 1:49 pm
This the reason some people should not have children, no common sense. Independent or not, a 13 month old child needs supervision, especially in the bathtub.

Liev Black (4)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 2:30 pm
Yeah, kids like to do things all by themselves. That doesn't mean that they *can*. This is the problem I have with the "free-range kids" movement. It's just an excuse for lazy, neglectful parents to pretend they don't have kids when having kids gets in the way of Mom and Dad doing whatever they want to do at the moment. it's one thing to not be a hovering, panicky, over-protective parent. But "free-range" parenting is neglect. Go ahead. BE OVERPROTECTIVE! Let people think whatever they want to think. I heard of a 3-year old snatched at Wal-Mart a few miles north of here. Her parents had turned around for a second. They found her about half an hour later in the men's room, and it was too late - the guy who took her had already raped her. She'll probably never have children. They're lucky they even found her alive at all. This stuff happens every day and night of the week. So be over-protective. At least they'll live long enough to go through therapy for it.

Bracha Katz (31)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 2:41 pm
This is SICK! Children's lives are much more important than a few more minutes on facebook.
NEVER leave such a young child alone in the bathtub. In the time it takes to:

* Cross the room for a towel (10 seconds), a child in the bathtub can become submerged.
* Answer the phone (2 minutes), that child can lose consciousness.
* Sign for a package at your front door (4 to 6 minutes), a child submerged in the bathtub or pool can sustain permanent brain damage.

Thanks Cher

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 3:41 pm
Tragic. An unneccessary loss of life.

Sylvia Walker (18)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 3:53 pm
How sad, it's common sense to never leave a child in a bath, unattended.

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 4:03 pm
I have no sympathy for this girl whatsoever.

Edgar Zuim (47)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 4:18 pm
Mother? This can be called a mother? Irresponsibility and stupidity, indeed!

Karin Abraham (27)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 4:25 pm
At age 35, I would have thought this woman would know better. Such a shame for the rest of the baby's family.

Geynell Eskite (68)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 4:31 pm
..."didn't want him to be a mama's boy" That's her defense? Is she serious? If he's 35, still living at home, and can't make a decision without running it by you...THAT'S a Momma's Boy. A 13 mo. old in the bathtub...that"s a helpless baby. What was she going to do when he turned 2? Give him the keys to the car? Tell him to get a job? Let him crawl to daycare on his own to foster "independence"?

This bitch needs her head examined...and her tubes tied.

Kathleen Gallagher (1)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 4:56 pm
Horrible, almost any idiot can do it too. I did not have children in my plan. When I was 32 low and behold a little surprise. The best event in my entire life, I so treasure being my daughters mother, I can not imagine. I don't have a face book.

William Y (54)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 4:58 pm
Karin Abraham says "At age 35, I would have thought this woman would know better. Such a shame for the rest of the baby's family."

Stupidity has no age limit.

Joseph Randall (2)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 5:56 pm
That's terrible... how cruel, stupid or ignorant can someone be to put a worthless computer game before the life of a human being, a child no less? My sympathies go out to the child, I pity it for being born into a life and time like this. The poor kid didn't even get to see the beautiful things in life.

Gloria H (88)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 6:00 pm
34? even a 14 year old baby sitter has more sense! There are warning signs on pails now about kids drowning! She was hip enough to figure out a computer, but not smart enough to figure the equation of : baby+water in tub= disaster! He was independant? Maybe she wasn't gentle with him when she bathed him and he struggled and she ''read" his mind? Sterilize her!

rhonda conway Conway (41)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 6:06 pm
How very tragic and sad. Noted. Thanks Cher

Lidia E F (8)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 7:31 pm
I was like that woman.I was sleeping while my 1 year old was doing things around the house.I was also asleep while he was outside in the apartment complex.I now realize how wrong,and how dangerous that was.Wouldn't risk that ever again.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 7:38 pm
No, there is more to this story! I can't believe she didn't check on the baby .

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 7:59 pm
There should be classes in school about proper child care. Obviously, there are some people who should not be allowed to reproduce.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 8:57 pm
When I had young children there was no Facebook, but there was TV, the telephone, books, and other things. But I paid attention to my children, why else do you have children. I made sure I was with them every moment of their life except when I was asleep and then it was always one eye and ear opened. I wanted to be in their life. I use to enjoy their splashing around in the tub with their tub toys, we had great fun together. There is a time for other activities when they are asleep or when they grow up, plenty of time once they get a life of their own. I guess now she will not have to worry about what her son is doing, foolish woman at the expense of her own childs life.

Nadereh O (5)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 9:28 pm
Another reason why adding parenting classes to the cirriculum for girls & boys.

William Y (54)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 11:30 pm
Nadereh Ovanessoff says "Another reason why adding parenting classes to the cirriculum for girls & boys."

The right wing-nuts would never go for that. It would mess up their abstinence only sex education why the boys and girls might try it.

Krasimira B (175)
Monday January 17, 2011, 12:31 am
Agree Cher. Very tragic story...

Diane L (110)
Monday January 17, 2011, 4:06 am
I thought this was a repeat of the same "story" that was written up a few months back, but it's a new one! OMG, what on earth is with these young mothers that would ever give them the idea that goofing around on the computer is more important than watching their kid! Drowning takes a split second. William, you're RIGHT ON there! They need to pass a test to procreate.

Maria S (48)
Monday January 17, 2011, 5:36 am
Tragic storry !

Ron Gordon (14)
Monday January 17, 2011, 9:55 am

pam M (98)
Monday January 17, 2011, 10:56 am
Noted . . sadly. It is so true that anybody can become a parent, but it takes one hell of a person to actually BE A MOM OR DAD. This cow is to stupid to reproduce and needs to be forcibly sterilized. I've played Facebook games what type of moron could possibly be addicted to the crap? If anything they're more of a bother than the least bit entertaining. Life is too short to worry about non-existent crops, produce and animals on Farmville.

My prayers for the poor child. I like to think he or she sits with God now in a much better place than this hell hole.

William Y (54)
Monday January 17, 2011, 11:06 am
One point, there is nothing wrong with playing games on Facebook or any other site, but first things first, take care of the children, play the games when they are asleep.

Chavonne H (46)
Monday January 17, 2011, 7:31 pm

Mary Deprima (12)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 7:48 am
IF convicted IF????

Kristen H (25)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 8:10 am
I would like to applaud people who don't react to stories like this with extreme and irrelevant comments like "ban facebook" and "dumb people" and "some people shouldn't be allowed..." All these things are judgmental, fear-mongering, hate-spewing and fomenting of ignorance.

If you want to do something positive, write to congressmen about help paying for child care, for parenting education classes. Support your local chapter of prevent child abuse (america). VOLUNTEER as a parent mentor.

Sitting on your hindquarters spewing hate at the computer (how is that any different from a FB addiction?) is just about as effective as brushing your teeth with cake icing. Get up off your duff and go outside and HELP. CONTRIBUTE. VOLUNTEER. Lend your expertise and put your actions where your ideals lie.

Stop judging others for doing things that possible mental illness, emotional incapacity, ignorance, or other factors that you have not taken into account in your small-minded judgmental attacks, and go out and do something to HELP in YOUR community.

leanne Torio (244)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 8:33 am
Poor little baby! RIP and condolences to the family!

Lika P (130)
Monday January 24, 2011, 3:29 am
First off, facebook was supposed to connect you to friends, classmates, family, etc... Not to play stupid games there. What a dummy. Next, well, why would you leave a 13 month old baby alone for a length of time alone in a bath tub, when babies can drown in an inch of water?

How sad that we push independence so bad...

Kristen, I'd understand parenting classes for teenage parents, this woman was 34, clearly old enough to know better. I'm already doing my gig with helping to stop child abuse - - sign April's Law petitions, you'll get 50 points for signing.

Federal April's Law-

April's Law Wisconsin -

The Wisconsin version is going to be voted on soon. Every signature counts.

Klaus Peters (14)
Wednesday January 26, 2011, 6:04 am
This is absolutely sick, that mother is so irresponsible and selfish.

jane richmond (10)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 11:34 am
Priorities people! Baby first Facebook last.
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