Nikki - posted on 04/17/2011 ( 47 moms have responded )
A US woman whose toddler drowned in a bathtub while she was distracted by Facebook has been jailed for 10 years.
Colorado woman Shannon Johnson, 34, pleaded guilty in March to negligently causing the death of her 13-month old son, who she left alone in the bath to play a game online.
According to court documents, Johnson put her son, Joseph, in the tub just after 8.30am on September 20.
She then left him unsupervised as she went to another room to share videos, check status updates and play Cafe World on Facebook, the Associated Press reports.
When she returned, Joseph was face-down in the water and not breathing.
Johnson called 911 and the toddler was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to an affadavit, Johnson told police she had been leaving Joseph alone in the bathtub for weeks.
She said the boy "wanted to be left alone" and was a very "independent baby".
In his sentencing remarks, District Judge Thomas Quammen told Johnson he did not think she was a bad person or that she killed her son on purpose, the Greeley Tribune reported.
But, he added, that doesn't mean her action wasn't criminal.
"You left this little boy in a bathtub so you could entertain yourself on the computer by playing games," Quammen said.
"And you left that 13-month-old human being, little Joseph, incredibly for those reasons."
An autopsy report revealed the child died of an anoxic brain injury, cardiac arrest and drowning.
Johnson was also sentenced to five years of mandatory parole following her incarceration.
This poor baby :( Do you think there should be some kind of campaign to warn parents about the dangers of leaving their child alone in the bath? While I would never leave my daughter I never realised just how quickly they could drown, because nobody ever told me (until CoM)
Clearly this woman was neglectful beyond words