Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mom whose baby drowned while she was on Facebook sentenced to 10 years in prison

Shannon Johnson allowed her 13-month-old son to drown in a bathtub while she was on Facebook.

Shannon Johnson allowed her 13-month-old son to drown in a bathtub while she was on Facebook.

A woman who admitted she was on Facebook while her son was drowning was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.

Shannon Johnson, 34, will also serve five years probation upon her release from the slammer, prosecutors said.

Johnson pleaded guilty in March to felony child abuse resulting in the death of her 13-month-old son Joseph in September. Instead of monitoring her child in the bathtub, she admitted to investigators that she was on Facebook.

She told police that she heard the infant happily splashing around in the bathtub as she played a Facebook game called "Café World", checked her friends' profile and more on the social networking site.

When she didn't hear any sounds from the baby after about 10 minutes, she said she went to check on him and found him slumped over making "gurgling sounds."

She called 911, but it was too late to revive the boy, who was pronounced dead from drowning at the hospital.

The boy's grandmother told police that she had warned her daughter about leaving the baby alone in the tub – especially after the baby had suffered a seizure a month before he died. But Johnson told cops that she left the boy alone because she didn't want him to be a "mama's boy."

She also reportedly admitted to police that her actions were "stupid,"

Johnson could have been sentenced to 48 years in prison.

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