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    NY - Mom watches American Idol while toddler nearly drowns


    Police say a mother of five was watching "American Idol" while her 3-year-old girl nearly drowned in a bathtub at an Indianapolis home last week.

    Sheila R. Brooks, 25, has not been charged in connection with the near drowning of Sirius Brooks at a home in the 9300 block of East 42nd Street at shortly after 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Sirius was in critical condition Friday at Methodist Hospital. Sirius remained at Methodist this morning, but hospital spokesman Gene Ford said he is not releasing any information at the family's request.

    Brooks left Sirius and her 1-year-old sister Sereena in the tub with about 9 inches of water and went into another room to get clothes, according to a police report made public this morning.
    http://jconline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...EWS09/80303019

    i think it is about time someone neuters this one

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    I have a 3 year old, & I am having a tough time understanding how she could drown, unless she bumped her head. Leaving a 1 year old unattended in the bathtub for even a moment is flat out negligence. So, yes, I agree with you. But had the 3 year old been in the tub on her own, I think this would be more like a tragic accident. My 3 yo & my 5 yo are at an age now, where they like to take long baths. I will stay on the same level as them & listen for any odd sounds (or silence), but I don't sit there & watch them every second.

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    Whoops I forgot I left the kids in the tub so "Yo, Daesheana go get them out of the tub. I don't wanna miss the next performance on Idol". Maybe she was so blown out from the weed they found in her house is why she forgot.

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    A three year old should never be left alone near water...be it a bathtub, pool, lake, river, etc.

    I hope someone takes the child from the Mom. Hopefully, she will fully recover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingTheChaos View Post
    I have a 3 year old, & I am having a tough time understanding how she could drown, unless she bumped her head. Leaving a 1 year old unattended in the bathtub for even a moment is flat out negligence. So, yes, I agree with you. But had the 3 year old been in the tub on her own, I think this would be more like a tragic accident. My 3 yo & my 5 yo are at an age now, where they like to take long baths. I will stay on the same level as them & listen for any odd sounds (or silence), but I don't sit there & watch them every second.
    Yeah, I don't have kids, but I thought it strange that a 3 year could almost drown in 9" of water. I think I would take the exact same approach as you...be folding laundry or something in the next room....

    Having said that, I moved out of the family home at TWENTY and if I was in the tub a long time, my mum would call my name and say she was just checking on me!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brefie View Post
    Yeah, I don't have kids, but I thought it strange that a 3 year could almost drown in 9" of water. I think I would take the exact same approach as you...be folding laundry or something in the next room....

    Having said that, I moved out of the family home at TWENTY and if I was in the tub a long time, my mum would call my name and say she was just checking on me!!!

    A 3 yo is almost still a baby!!
    NEVER leave a child so young alone near water... Even 9 inches ...
    Plenty of children have drowned in LESS then that.

    It is totally irresponsible to leave a 3 year old alone in a tub and with a ONE year old!!! OMG!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brefie View Post
    Yeah, I don't have kids, but I thought it strange that a 3 year could almost drown in 9" of water. I think I would take the exact same approach as you...be folding laundry or something in the next room....

    Having said that, I moved out of the family home at TWENTY and if I was in the tub a long time, my mum would call my name and say she was just checking on me!!!
    Brefie, echoing Amraan. No you can't let a little kid like that in the tub alone. Children have drowned in buckets. Anything could happen to a child in water. Your mom was wise if you were in there a long time. Ya could have hit your head. Anything.

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    My husband's cousin went out to play with her kin and other neighbor kids when she was four. She tripped and fell face first into a mud puddle. She was already gone when they found her. So yes, it only takes a few inches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingTheChaos View Post
    I have a 3 year old, & I am having a tough time understanding how she could drown, unless she bumped her head. Leaving a 1 year old unattended in the bathtub for even a moment is flat out negligence. So, yes, I agree with you. But had the 3 year old been in the tub on her own, I think this would be more like a tragic accident. My 3 yo & my 5 yo are at an age now, where they like to take long baths. I will stay on the same level as them & listen for any odd sounds (or silence), but I don't sit there & watch them every second.
    I do agree, I have a 3 year old and can leave her in the bath with the door open of course so I can hear her splashing around. I only put a few inches of water in though and I am always asking if she is, which she never is. I guess it depends on the kid. I could see if she hit her head and was unconsious but how did she just drown? Now the 1 year old is who I would have expected to drown in this situation not the 3 year old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amraann View Post
    A 3 yo is almost still a baby!!
    NEVER leave a child so young alone near water... Even 9 inches ...
    Plenty of children have drowned in LESS then that.

    It is totally irresponsible to leave a 3 year old alone in a tub and with a ONE year old!!! OMG!
    Quote Originally Posted by Filly View Post
    Brefie, echoing Amraan. No you can't let a little kid like that in the tub alone. Children have drowned in buckets. Anything could happen to a child in water. Your mom was wise if you were in there a long time. Ya could have hit your head. Anything.
    Well, In my head I was chatting to my non-existent 3 year old the whole time, but point well taken, from you all and this story......I won't do that, I promise.
    You will NEVER be discussing me via a news story.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Amraann View Post
    A 3 yo is almost still a baby!!
    NEVER leave a child so young alone near water... Even 9 inches ...
    Plenty of children have drowned in LESS then that.

    It is totally irresponsible to leave a 3 year old alone in a tub and with a ONE year old!!! OMG!
    Ditto

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    seems a 3year old drowning in the tub is not that uncomman.
    Drowning - Children ages 4 and under have a drowning death rate two to three times greater than other age groups. More than 85 percent of drownings among children ages 1 to 4 are pool related; bathtub drownings are also relatively common at this age.
    http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/safekids/toddlers.shtml

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    I wonder if the three year was prone to have seizures or tried to get out or into the tub by putting both feet on the edge of the tub at the same time. My 6 year old grandson tried to do that and I have to watch him closely. I always sit in the bedroom while he bathes, leave the bathroom door open, and even call his name ever few minutes asking if he is okay. The one year old could have even layed over on the child and held the head under thinking it was playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brefie View Post
    Well, In my head I was chatting to my non-existent 3 year old the whole time, but point well taken, from you all and this story......I won't do that, I promise.
    You will NEVER be discussing me via a news story.
    Awww, Brefie hopefully you know I wasn't trying to be pushy. I just read my post again and thought "Da*n you're bossy, Filly" LOL Naw, I know we'll never be reading about you at all save for when you are famous for good things.

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    My question here is why did the mom say she forgot the kids were in the tub and then make the minor go in and get them?

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