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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mom plays game on FB as baby drowns

Shannon Johnson told police she was playing Cafe World on Facebook while her child drowned
Shannon Johnson told police she was playing Cafe World on Facebook while her child drowned

A mother has been charged with child abuse and negligence in related to the death of her one-year-old son in the United States.
Shannon Johnson, 34, told police that she was playing the game Café World on Facebook in the living room after putting the boy in the bathtub.
The son was found drown soon after, in the Sept 20 incident last year.
Colorado's Weld County district attorney's office said Johnson has been charged with child abuse and recklessly causing death.
Johnson requested a lawyer during a hearing on Friday.

She is being held on US$100,000 (RM306,050) bond.
An investigator said Johnson told him that she went to check on the son when she did not hear him.
She found the boy sideways with his face in the water.
Source: AP / Agencies

2 comments:

  1. There's no excuse for leaving your child alone in the bath. You can drown in just one inch of water, that's all it takes.

    But it's far too easy to blame this little boy's death on a Facebook game. The Facebook game did not kill this little boy. There have always been distractions in life and there will always be new distractions. What matters is whether or not you allow those distractions to interfere with the welfare of your child. It could just as easily been a phone call, a book, a television programme. On this occasion, it was Facebook. You don't see childrens charities campaigning against Facebook or against whatever video game has been cited as a contributing factor. They know it would change nothing.

    It comes down to whether or not parents are prepared to put their children first. Sadly, there are plenty that aren't prepared to do that.

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