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Onslow deputies investigate infant's drowning

Posted February 2, 2009

— Onslow County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the drowning death of a 7-month-old boy Sunday at a home on Ben Williams Road.

The infant’s father told investigators that he had put the boy and another child in the tub. When he went to check on them, the infant was under water. The father estimated that the child had been under water for eight minutes.

The infant was taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.


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  • rosted Feb 3, 2009

    why leave them alone in a bathtub, how careless

  • sssh.. whisper Feb 3, 2009

    Please NC, don't let this case just slip through your fingers.. People need to start taking responsiblity as parents. My prayers are with the child that was in the bath tub with him and my prayers go to our justice system. I worry that there will not be charges- that our justice system will say it was an accident. Okay, so it might have been an accident, the father didn't hold the baby's head under.. but the second you walk away from leaving a child/children in an unsafe environment, you are guilty of neglect, abuse, voluntary manslaughter. As a parent: your friends, the TV, whatever- they all come after your kids. This man's friends and TV will always be there, his child, he's gone forever.

  • JaydensMom08 Feb 3, 2009

    Wow! This is sad! Lack of responsibility on his part...His life will be forever changed because he'd rather have fun drinking with his buddies than care for his children. As other posters have said, you should NEVER leave a 2 year old unattended in a bath tub much less a 7 month old!!! Very sad :(

  • SO LOW Feb 3, 2009

    A seven month old is barely able to sit-up by itself. A two year old can't handle a slippery baby in the bath tub. He will have to carry the burden of his actions forever! All to hang out with friends, watch a movie, and consume alcohol. What a shame!

  • mom2threecld Feb 3, 2009

    you wouldn't leave a 2 year old unattended in a bath tub much leass a 7 month old. left them BOTH alone in the tub???

  • Fuquay Resident Feb 2, 2009

    I found a news release on the WITN website http://www.witn.com/news/headlines/38811552.html

    News release


    VICTIM: 7-Month Infant male


    At approximately 8:45 P.M. Sunday, February 1, 2009, Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Ben Williams Road to investigate an infant drowning. Deputies arrived at the Ben Williams residence and discovered the father of the infant performing CPR on the drowned victim. The infant’s father told emergency personnel the 7-month old victim had been under the water about eight minutes. According to the father, friends were over and they were drinking and watching a movie. He said he put their two children, a two year old and the 7-month old in the bathtub to bathe. The father said when he returned the 7-month old was under the water. Death of the infant was pronounced at Onslow Memorial Hospital where the victim was taken by EMS transport.

    Detectives of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office are sti

  • parr4246 Feb 2, 2009

    Fuquay Resident....... "Why would you put a 7 month old in the bathtub with any child and leave him unattended?"

    I was about to post the same question...........!!!!

  • Adelinthe Feb 2, 2009

    So few understand that there is only a breath between life and death.

    But why anyone would leave a child alone in a tub for 8 minutes is beyond me.

    Poor baby!

    Praying for the family - what a tough way to learn a lesson when one does not heed those learned by others.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Fuquay Resident Feb 2, 2009

    Why would you put a 7 month old in the bathtub with any child and leave him unattended? I wouldn't trust any child under 15 with a baby in a bathtub.