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    VA - Samantha Dale for trying to drown 5yo son, Strasburg, 2008

    She called 911 and said her son was in the water and had stopped breathing.

    However, the paramedics were able to revive the little boy. When he woke up he told them his "mother held him under water". There was evidence the child had told the truth.

    http://www.nvdaily.com/news/291424910652139.bsp

    Somebody here actually defended the woman:
    http://www.topix.com/forum/business/...16AN3#comments

    Thank heavens the child is ok.

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    How awful! I don't think a little boy would have a reason to lie about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolynna View Post
    She called 911 and said her son was in the water and had stopped breathing.

    However, the paramedics were able to revive the little boy. When he woke up he told them his "mother held him under water". There was evidence the child had told the truth.

    http://www.nvdaily.com/news/291424910652139.bsp

    Somebody here actually defended the woman:
    http://www.topix.com/forum/business/...16AN3#comments

    Thank heavens the child is ok.
    About that latter link -- I never take Topix threads too seriously. If you read enough of them, you see they're pretty much completely unmoderated and therefore bait for trollery of the highest order. That said, in this case the person was definitely serious about defending this woman. Sounded like a best friend or family member to me.

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    Poor kid. I wonder why she called paramedics if she was trying to drown the little boy? I also doubt the child would lie.

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    That poor boy is going to grow up with the knowledge his mother tried to kill him. She was probably too ignorant to realize he could be revived. Lock her up!

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    Wow she is mother of the year huh. I hate this because he knows what his mother was trying to do poor baby.

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    January 2009:

    A Strasburg mother who allegedly tried to drown her own son entered an Alford plea to reduced charges.

    Twenty-three-year-old Samantha Dale had her charges reduced to one count of bodily injury and one count of child abuse.
    http://www.whsv.com/home/headlines/3...vice=phone&c=y

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    March 2009:

    A Strasburg woman who was charged with trying to drown her then 5-year-old son last April, and pleaded guilty to reduced charges in January, was sentenced Wednesday to serve three years in prison...

    On April 6, Dale called 911 and said her son -- who was identified as Elijah Dale by neighbors -- had stopped breathing, Shenandoah County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Kenneth Alger said in January. Elijah was transported to Winchester Medical Center and, on the way, small, red dots indicating petechial hemorrhaging began to emerge, Alger said.

    At some point, [the boy] told a nurse that "his mommy tried to drown him," Alger said, though was not able to "articulate the method of the drowning."...


    Afterr nearly an hour in recess, [Judge] Hupp said the case was difficult both because a child victim was involved and on the other side was a young woman who, by everyone's description, has been a good mother.

    "I have to call this act an aberration," he said.

    Though Dale entered Alford pleas of guilty, she stood before him convicted of unlawful bodily injury and child abuse, Hupp said, and he had to view the case in that way. He said his view was that Dale held the boy underwater, but pulled him out of the water before causing any permanent injury.
    https://web.archive.org/web/20090317...-drowning.html



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