Police: Infant Drowns After Mother Falls Asleep in Bathtub
A mother from Melbourne Beach, Florida, has been arrested after her 10-month-old son drowned in a bathtub while she was sleeping.
Rosa Regina Feeney is facing charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child and child neglect, according to 9 ABC.
She is currently being held in the Brevard County Jail on a $60,000 bail.
The incident took place last month on Dec. 6. Deputies said they arrived at “Deangelo’s by the Sea Hotel” to find Feeney trying to revive her son by performing CPR.
According to NBC affiliate WESH, investigators believe the mother was drinking before she took the bath, as her child played nearby.
During the bath, Feeney put her son into the tub with her, before investigators believe she fell asleep.
It was at this time the child slipped under the water.
Later Feeney woke up and found her child unresponsive and ran to her neighbors for help.
According to 9 ABC, deputies said she appeared intoxicated when they questioned her.
In another similar incident, a young mother from the UK was left devastated after waking up to find her 8-day-old son had died in her arms after they fell asleep together on the couch.
Chelsea Love, 24, had just taken her newborn son, Leo, out of his bouncy chair after she noticed he was falling asleep.
The exhausted mom from north Hull then placed Leo on his back on her chest for a cuddle, then accidentally fell asleep herself, with the baby snuggled up next to her, according to Hull Daily Mail.
An hour later, she was frantically woken up by Leo’s father, Sam Coles, who noticed their son had changed color.
Leo was rushed to the Hull Royal Infirmary, where the doctors desperately tried to save him. They managed to restart his heart and transferred the baby to Leeds hospital for specialist treatment.
During treatment, CT scans showed Leo had suffered extensive brain damage and would never recover. He died on Oct. 26 after his parents made the difficult decision to turn off his life support.
Janita Kan contributed to this report.