Arlington woman, 19, charged after baby drowns in bathtub


A 19-year-old Arlington woman has been charged with manslaughter after authorities say her 8-month-old son accidentally drowned in a bathtub, KEYC reports.

Christina DeLeon is facing multiple felonies, including manslaughter.

The charges come after authorities were called to the Shamrock Apartments in Arlington Nov. 9 on a report of an infant not breathing.

In a criminal complaint, DeLeon says she was giving her two boys a bath at the same time and removed the oldest one, who is autistic, from the tub first because he was having a fit.

FOX 9 says preliminary autopsy reports indicated the 8-month-old child had drowned. DeLeon admitted in the criminal complaint that she left the 8-month-old unattended in his bath seat.

The complaint also stated the grandmother of the child claims DeLeon has left her children unattended in the bathtub before.

DeLeon is also accused of drug use after authorities say she tested positive for methamphetamine and THC.

The mother is also accused of giving the 8-month-old child adult-strength Nyquil.

DeLeon is not in custody, but is expected to appear in court Friday.

FOX 9 says the oldest child, who is 18 months old, has been placed in protective custody.

Incidents of children accidentally drowning in the state appear to be relatively uncommon.

The Star Tribune says in August of 2012, a Fridley man was charged with second-degree manslaughter and child neglect following the accidental drowning of his 11-month-old daughter in a bathtub.

He was accused of putting the girl and his 3-year-old daughter in a tub before nodding off on a living room couch while watching TV.

WCCO says a 52-year-old Ramsey County man received a stayed sentence of four years in prison and 180 days in jail in May of 2011, after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges in connection with the accidental drowning of an 18-month-old girl in a bathtub.

According to statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 434 children ages 1 to 4 drowned in such places as bathtubs, buckets, bath seats, toilets and landscaping features from 2006 to 2010.

The CPSC issued the report in September 2012 to alert parents and caregivers to look for drowning risks inside and around their homes in an effort to protect their children.

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