Police: 7-month-old found dead after mom left baby and toddler in bathtub so she could go do her nails

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL – A 22-year-old mother of two put her sons in the bathtub and went to the garage to do her nails, say police. They say she returned roughly ten minutes later to find her 3-year-old still playing and her 7-month-old under the water, unresponsive.

Police arrived at the home to find the baby face down in the water and unconscious. The boy was transported to HCA Florida Kendall Hospital where he was eventually pronounced dead.

Doctors were able to get the boy’s heart beating but presumed him to be brain dead after not having a heartbeat for close to an hour. He was in the hospital for several days before he succumbed to his injuries.

The young mother told police that she placed the boys in the tub with the water running but was comfortable leaving them alone as there was no drain plug and the water would continue to drain. She went to her garage where there was an in-home nail salon.

Investigators say that the salon was 62 feet from the bathtub in the master bath. She said she returned only to find the child and began doing CPR before going to a neighbor’s home to call 911 after she discovered her cell phone was not working.

The tub had been filling up for an undetermined amount of time because the drain wound up being blocked by a face towel.

According to InternewsCast, the arrest affidavit shows that Jimmie reportedly told investigators she was aware that her 3-year-old son knew how to intentionally clog the bathtub drain using a washcloth.

Investigators working on the case performed a series of tests on the bathtub. They were able to determine that when the water was running and the drain was not blocked, the tub never filled with more than two inches of water. However, when the drain was blocked with a washcloth, they found that the tub was half-full within five minutes and completely full within ten minutes.

Based on those findings—and Jimmie reportedly admitting she was aware that her older son knew how to block the drain—authorities said that Jimmie was negligent in failing to provide her infant son with “the proper care that a prudent person would consider essential to the well-being of a seven-month-old child,” according to WTVJ.

The Chief of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida (of which Jimmie is a member) allegedly contacted the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Department and demanded that an autopsy not be performed on the baby.

Associate Medical Examiner Mark Shuman did perform an autopsy in spite of reported objections, ruling his death to be an accidental drowning.

“Neither the chairman nor anyone in his administration contacted the ME’s office regarding the performance of their duties nor attempted to interfere in the investigation,” a Tribe spokesperson said.

Chalking it up to a miscommunication, they said they were working with the county to correct it.

When police attempted to do a follow-up interview with the mother, they were allegedly told that Jimmie was instructed by the Tribe not to speak to police until she had an attorney representing the Tribe present with her.

Jimmie appeared before Circuit Court Judge Mindy Glazer, who told her:

“It is a very sad set of events. I’m sorry for your loss. Make sure you stay in touch with your attorney and listen to what they tell you.”

According to Local 10 News, Glazer set the bond for Jimmie low in an effort to allow the woman to be able to post and be released after she was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

She is scheduled to be back in court on June 24th.

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Report: Miami mom accused of drowning 15-month-old toddler, stabbing husband and teenage daughter

 

MIAMI, FL- According to authorities, a woman accused of drowning her own 15-month-old daughter in a bathtub and stabbing her husband and teen daughter is now facing murder and other charges.

The woman, since identified as 38-year-old Precious Bland, has been charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, and aggravated child abuse.

Miami-Dade police officials stated that the incident took place at a home on Northwest 99th Street and Northwest 30th in West Little River on the night of August 23rd. According to the arrest report, one of the victims said Bland had become upset and started “stating that Jesus Christ is coming and COVID is going to kill us all.”

The report said that Bland then insisted that everyone needed to be baptized and that she was going to baptize everyone in the bathtub. A short time later, Bland started holding the 15-month-old underwater in the bathtub until she became unresponsive.

According to the report, Bland’s husband tried to stop her and a struggle ensued. Bland was able to get a hold of a knife and ended up stabbing her husband several times.

The husband was able to grab four of his children and flee the home, but before the 16-year-old daughter could flee, Bland stabbed her in the forearm. Officers arrived on scene and found the toddler unresponsive in the bathtub.

The 15-month-old girl was rushed to Jackson North Medical Center were she was pronounced dead. A medical examiner determined the toddler died by drowning. Bland’s husband and teen daughter were also hospitalized and treated for their wounds before being released.

The report added that Bland was hospitalized with apparent self-inflicted wounds to her wrists. Four other children under the age of 11 were also in the home at the time of the horrific incident, bu were unharmed.

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Miami-Dade jail records show that as of Monday, September 6th, Bland was being held without bond. At the time of this writing, attorney information for Bland was not available.

In a separate incident in Laporte, Indiana, a woman killed her husband and chopped up his body and then forced her two children to help put the body parts in bags and clean up the crime scene. The woman, 34-year-old Thessalonica Allen, is facing more than a half-dozen charges, including murder, abuse of a corpse, and child neglect.

According to reports, the two children who were home at the time told police they heard a loud bang and saw Randy Allen lying on the ground, asking them to call 911, but their mother told them not to.

An autopsy revealed that a bullet entered his spinal cord area and the doctor concluded that he was likely not able to move and bled to death. Police said that Thessalonica then put his body in her daughter’s closet.

Later, the woman reportedly woke up her kids in the middle of the night and asked them to help carry the body to the car. Court documents state that they tried to move he body several times, but that he was too heavy.

The very next day, the woman allegedly used an ax to cut off his legs. She then had her children help put him into a bag and clean up the crime scene. According to investigators, she had plans to put him in his car and light it on fire. Thessalonica told police she shot her husband after he choked her and attacked her.

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