5-month-old Drowns in a Bath While Dad Plays Video Games
TARRANT, ALABAMA — September 27, 2018
Having a child is a huge responsibility. Psychologists say that couples who not ready to accustom themselves to the duties and responsibilities of child rearing should not have kids.
A high-profile case in Alabama is a perfect example of how right they are. A father became so engrossed in his video games that he literally allowed his baby to die in a bathtub.
The 5-month-old was not breathing when deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at the Tarrant, Alabama, home Sunday night, the sheriff's office said.
Paramedics took the baby to the hospital where he soon was pronounced dead.
The baby's father, 23-year-old Cordarius Cotton, later explained to detectives that he had turned the water on and put the baby in the tub and then left the room to play a video game.
The father admitted that he forgot about the baby and "when he returned to the bathtub about an hour later he found the child was unresponsive," the sheriff's office said. Detectives believe Cotton's claim, Sgt. Jake Self told, according to the ABC News.
Cotton was arrested and charged with reckless manslaughter.
The baby's mother was not home at the time. There we two other children living at the home at the time of the incident.
The two children were placed in the care of a grandmother pending an investigation.
It is not yet known if Cotton has entered a plea or has an attorney.