--- lacTAYtor. ☮ 3 kids; North Carolina 4496 posts
2nd Jan '13
♥garrett&adalyn 2 kids; Texas 10762 posts
2nd Jan '13

I wouldn't leave my 13 month old in a tub by themselves. If I ever leave my son it's for seriously 1 second to run maybe 8 ft away to the towel closet to grab a towel.

Flannery O.C Turkey 1402 posts
2nd Jan '13

Omg that is awful. I would assume at least a charge for child negligence.

Addi's Momma Due January 23 (girl); 1 child; 1 angel baby; Florissant, Missouri 5472 posts
2nd Jan '13

Parent is at fault. The parent should be charged with Child endangerment and possibly manslaughter.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
status 2nd Jan '13

Reckless endangerment? Negligent homicide?

I wouldn't go for murder or manslaughter

But you should know to NEVER walk away from a tub. Nothing is more important.

andthesenights 1 child; Virginia 4358 posts
2nd Jan '13

Negligence for sure and charge worthy, imo.

Bob Wehadababyitsaboy 3 kids; 4 angel babies; California 30128 posts
2nd Jan '13

Um yes the parent should be charged for negligence that resulted in death idk im not good with law terms but the parent should definitely be charged.

Faye's Mama 1 child; Springfield, MO, United States 4569 posts
2nd Jan '13

Negligence 100%

Ole' No Name TTC since Oct 2013; 1 child; Singapore, Singapore 6244 posts
2nd Jan '13

Parents fault.
My DD is 12 months old and I never ever leave her in the tub alone.
Not even to get a towel, I'll yell for SO to grab one.

She should be charged, I believe with murder or something similar.
that was 100% preventable.

Sarah ♥ K&K 2 kids; South Land, CA, United States 119170 posts
2nd Jan '13

13 months is too young to be unattended, that is a case of negligent parenting.

My son started getting 10 minutes of alone time in the bath at 4 years old.

Blaine Edwards 1 child; Georgia 13858 posts
2nd Jan '13
Quoting тᴀỵ 26:" I was reading a story about the death of a 13 month old. Apparently the LO was in the bath and the parent ... [snip!] ... away. Is the parent at fault or is it purely an 'accident'? Should the parent be charged, if so, what should the charge be?"

so sad, and more sad that this kind of thing happens so often.
it was an accident, but she was also negligent. she should be charged with negligence and manslaughter, though i'm not sure of a punishment worse than living with that kind of guilt.

IDID-VBAC 12/09 2 kids; Alaska 44106 posts
2nd Jan '13

Parent is to blame.

I dont even leave my (almost) 5yr old and 3yr old alone-not even to walk 4 feet around the corner to grab a towel.

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
2nd Jan '13

No IMO she should not be charged. It's a terrible tragedy and it could have been prevented. I'm sure the guilt and knowledge that her momentary absence was the cause of her child's death is enough punishment for a lifetime. Parents make potentially fatal mistakes all the time. Would you prosecute a mother who didn't anchor her child's dresser to the wall?

suck it 3 kids; New York 16101 posts
2nd Jan '13

Is this the girl that was playing FarmVille?

Regardless of her intentions you should NEVER leave your child unattended.

Snow 1 child; Storybrooke, ME, United States 34017 posts
2nd Jan '13

Yes it's the parents fault. They should be charged with negligent homicide and child abuse/neglect.