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Mom faces manslaughter charges after infant son drowned in bathtub while she was getting her nails done

Mom faces manslaughter charges after infant son drowned in bathtub while she was getting her nails done

Prince Mejia tragically drowned at their home on the 11500 block of Southwest 154th Avenue.

A mom in Miami is facing aggravated manslaughter charges after she allegedly went to get her nails done, leaving her infant unattended in the bathtub. He tragically drowned at their home on the 11500 block of Southwest 154th Avenue. Police claim that 22-year-old Alyssa Jimmie had left her 7-month-old son, Prince Mejia, with his 3-year-old brother in a bathtub.

The tap was still running as Jimmie made her way to her home's garage in order to get her nails done at an "at-home manicure station" on May 20. The mother told police that she had left for the garage which was situated just 62 feet away and that a plug had not been inserted into the tub drain. But when she arrived to check on her kids about 5 to 10 minutes later, she allegedly noticed that the drain was plugged with a small towel that caused the tub to fill with water and ended up drowning the baby, allegedly.

Jimmie also alleged that her elder son knew how to plug the drain using a face towel. Prince was floating in the water face down as his toddler brother played alongside, she told police. After witnessing the terrible situation, Jimmie ran to a neighbor's home to call 911 as the phone in her home was not working for some reason. Her infant child was rushed to HCA Florida Kendall Hospital, according to Miami Herald



 

Although the hospital staff was able to resuscitate Prince, who according to doctors had been without a heartbeat for 45 minutes, he died three days later. Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner later determined the cause of death to be an accidental drowning according to WPLG-TV

Her arrest warrant claimed that the mother "failed to provide [Prince] with the proper care that a prudent person would consider essential to the well-being of a seven-month-old child."

On Thursday, Jimmie arrived at a court hearing where a judge released on a $10,000 bond. "This is just a horrible accident and the family and Alyssa haven't had a chance to grieve at all," shared the mom's defense attorney Pat Dray. "She is devastated about the loss of her child."

Jimmie's father, Cesar Jimmie, also attended the hearing spoke in support of his daughter, and urged for his daughter to be released. "It's been hard the past few days, he explained while addressing the judge. "Alyssa has always been a good daughter, she's always been a great older sibling, she's always loved her children… she didn't do this intentionally," he shared. 

Cover image source: YouTube Screenshot | WPLG Local 10

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