Police in Texas have arrested Cheyenne Stuckey, of Azle, Texas, after the 21-year-old mother of four allowed her 8-month-old daughter to drown in the bathtub while she played on her phone, sitting on Facebook.
Stuckey told police she left the child unsupervised, with the water running, ‘for only a few minutes’.
When she came back to the bathtub, Stuckey found the child face down in the water. She took her out and attempted to revive her, ‘but did not know how’.
The Daily Mail reports:
Deputies responded to Stuckey’s home in the 1500 block of Reno Road after getting a report of an unresponsive child.
Paramedics who were also summoned to the scene attempted to perform CPR on the infant, but to no avail. Zayla was then rushed to a hospital in Azle, where she was pronounced dead.
An autopsy later determined the eight-month-old died as a result of drowning.
When questioned by deputies, Stuckey reportedly said that after running a bath for Zayla, she became ‘distracted’ by another child and then went on Facebook Messenger, with a television playing loudly in the background.
An investigation has found that the 21-year-old woman had been on Facebook Messenger with two people for at least 18 minutes while her daughter was alone in the tub, according to the sheriff’s office.
In the wake of baby Zayla’s death, Stuckey’s three surviving children, including her four-year-old twins and 2-year-old son, have been removed from her care and placed in a foster home.
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help the family pay Zayla’s final expenses. As of Thursday afternoon, $125 has been raised.
The rise of incidents related to young people on their phones has been on the rise. Between aggressive campaigns against texting and riving, and other reminders to put down the phone once in a while, but incidents like these are still occurring.
Facebook has had several issues over the last year with teens committing crimes right on Facebook live. Other parents often neglect their children, spending more time on messenger than watching what their children were doing.