Friday 15 December 2017

Mother spent '18 minutes on Facebook' while daughter drowned in the bath

Cheyenne and tragic Zayla. Photo: GoFundMe
Cheyenne and tragic Zayla. Photo: GoFundMe
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A mother spent "18 minutes on Facebook" while her daughter drowned in the bath, according to police in the US.

Cheyenne Summer Stuckly (21) told police that she left her six-month-old daughter unsupervised in the bathtub for "only a couple of minutes".

It's reported that she left little Zayla Hernandez in the bathtub at their home in Reno, Texas, with the water running while she left the room.

Stuckey later found her daughter unresponsive, face-down in the bath.

The young mother told police that she tried to resuscitate Zayla but "did not know how," CBS Dallas reports.

Stuckey said she became "distracted" by another child when she left the bathroom and then logged on to Facebook, while a television blared in the background.

At that point, police say, she had forgotten about her daughter.

A further investigation found that Stuckey had been on Facebook for at least 18 minutes, messing with two people while her daughter was alone in the bathtub.

The girl was rushed to hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

A preliminary autopsy report confirmed that she had died by drowning.

Dallas News reports that the other children in the home, two four-year-old girls and a two-year-old boy, were placed in foster care.

Stuckey, whose bond has not yet been set, was charged with injury to a child.

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