Texas Mother of 4 Left Baby in Bathtub, Was on Facebook While Baby Drowned

A mother in Texas was on Facebook for nearly 20 minutes as her infant daughter drowned in a bathtub, authorities say.

Cheyenne Summer Stuckey, 21, told investigators she put 6-month-old Zayla Hernandez unsupervised in the bathtub with water running at her Reno home and left the girl alone for “only a couple minutes,” WFAA reports, citing the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.

Stuckey later found the girl unresponsive, face-down in the tub. She told responding deputies that she tried to resuscitate Zayla but “did not know how,” CBS Dallas reports.

Stuckey said she became “distracted” by another child after leaving the bathroom and then hopped onto Facebook as a television blared nearby. At that point, investigators say she realized she had forgotten about her daughter.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Stuckey had been on Facebook for at least 18 minutes as the girl was left alone, messaging two people.

The girl was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A preliminary autopsy report ruled that she died from drowning.

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Source: New York Post