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Baby Drowns While Mother's on Facebook

DENVER - 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 Friday with child abuse resulting in death.

Shannon Johnson, 34, of Colorado was advised of the charge against her via a video hookup from the jail where she is being held on a $100,000 bond, said Jennifer Finch, spokeswoman for the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

Johnson requested a public defender during the brief hearing and another hearing was set for later in the month, Finch said.

Under questioning by police after the boy died at a Denver-area hospital last September, Johnson admitted she placed the baby in the bathtub and went into another room to play the Facebook game “Cafe World.”

She also checked in with friends and watched videos on the site while the boy bathed alone, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

When she didn’t hear any sounds from the boy after 10 minutes, she found him slumped over face down in the bathwater making “gurgling” sounds, according to the affidavit. Johnson then called 911, and the boy was airlifted to the hospital where he was pronounced dead from drowning.

When police arrived at Johnson’s home they found a laptop opened to Facebook.

Johnson told police that she frequently left the boy unattended in the bathtub because he was “independent,” he liked to be left alone, and she didn’t want him to be a “mama’s boy,” according to the affidavit.

Police also questioned the boy’s grandmother, who said he suffered a seizure while she was baby-sitting him a month before he died. She told police she warned her daughter about leaving her grandson alone in the tub after the seizure.

When police asked Johnson about the wisdom of leaving a young child with a history of seizures alone in water, Johnson admitted that “it was so stupid.”

She faces up to 48 years in prison if convicted.

http://www.torontosun.com/news/world.../16907941.html

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What a shame I feel for the mother here too.

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wait...

where does the article state that she was on facebook?


was this determined someplace else?...or is this just rumor?

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Old 01-19-2011, 01:48 AM
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Oh shit, I posted the wrong article. That of course happened too but that wasn't the facebook baby....he was 13 months old. Im sorry Pink, too many pages open.

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Re: Baby Drowns While Mother's on Facebook

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wait...

where does the article state that she was on facebook?


was this determined someplace else?...or is this just rumor?

Exactly. What has facebook got to do with this? She was NOT on FB, she was cleaning a changing mat. Poor woman. Many mums have done the same thing I am sure. It only takes a minute for things to go wrong.

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Fixed.

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thats terrible, one of my babies fell into a mop bucket, (I heard him, he's fine) that i'd left unattended, it really does only take a second. she made a mistake though, not gonna persecute her for that.

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Oh my goodness Nickola, Im so glad you heard and were able to get to them. It does only take a few min. The story that I had accidentally posted was about an 11 month old whose mother had gone to get his diaper and such, was gone 2 min...came back and the baby was dead. I can't even imagine the guilt you would live with after that.

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Re: Baby Drowns While Mother's on Facebook

After reading that article, and reading of her mindset-- "he was independent, didn't want him to be a momma's boy", and so on, makes me think that some tragic accident would have befell this poor child at some point before he turned, oh, let's say four years old.

This kind of story makes me deeply sad, and really makes me wonder why some people choose to have children at all. No, she might (and I don't know) not have chosen to get pregnant, but she was a parent, a PARENT, do people anymore not understand that parenting is the most important 'job' one will ever in their life do???

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