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Mom given 10 years for playing on Facebook as baby drowned
April 15, 2011 / 11:02 PM / 7 years ago

Mom given 10 years for playing on Facebook as baby drowned

DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado woman who admitted her 13 month-old son drowned in the bathtub while she played on Facebook was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said.

A judge also ordered Shannon Johnson, 34, to serve five years of mandatory parole upon her release from prison, Jennifer Finch, spokeswoman for the Weld County District Attorney’s Office, said in a written statement.

Johnson pleaded guilty in March to felony child abuse resulting in the death of her son, Joseph.

She called 911 from her home in Fort Lupton, Colorado, last September when she found the toddler slumped over in the bathwater making “gurgling” sounds, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Under questioning by investigators, Johnson admitted she put her son in the bathtub and went into another room to play Facebook game “Cafe World,” police said. The boy was alone for 10 minutes, she told them.

Joseph was airlifted to a Denver hospital, where medical personnel could not revive him.

Johnson told police she often left her son unattended in the bath, because as an “independent” child he liked to be left alone, and that she did not want him to be “a mama’s boy.”

Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis

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