Mom Admits to Playing Facebook Game While Child Drowned
The mother, 34-year-old Shannon Johnson, reportedly told authorities that she was playing a Facebook game called 'Cafe World,' browsing through her news feed, and sharing videos around the time that her son was in the tub one day last September. Johnson claimed that the baby was in the bathtub for a total of ten minutes, and that she checked on him once during that time. When she didn't hear any noise coming from the bathroom, she checked on him again, only to find the boy lying sideways, with his face submerged. Johnson immediately rushed her child to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
When investigators asked Johnson why she would leave a 13-month old unattended in the bath, she replied that her son was preternaturally independent, and simply wanted to be alone. An arrest affidavit obtained by KMGH Denver also quotes Johnson as saying that she didn't want her son to grow up to be a "mamma's boy"-- which, presumably, is why she decided to let him bathe himself. Johnson is due to appear in court on Friday, where she could face a charge of child abuse resulting in death.