Police: Mom Messaged on Facebook While Baby Drowned

June 22, 2017 Updated: June 22, 2017

In a reminder to all parents to be alert, police say a Texas mother was messaging others on Facebook while her toddler drowned in a bathtub.

Cheyenne Summer Stuckey, 21, told police that her daughter, 8-month-old Zayla Hernandez, was left unsupervised in their Fort Worth, Texas, home when the incident took place, CBS News reported. WFAA-TV reported that the child was 6 months old.

She then got distracted by Facebook Messanger, another child, and a television.

Investigators then learned she had been messaging for about 18 minutes while the infant was unattended. The water was apparently running, too.

Stuckey told WFAA that the baby was left alone for “only a couple minutes,” but when she returned, the child was face-down and unresponsive in the tub. She then attempted to revive the child.

The baby was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The other children were removed from the home and placed in foster care.

Zayla died from drowning, according to a Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s preliminary autopsy report.

Meanwhile, Stuckey was sent to the Parker County Jail and was charged with injury to a child.