One-Year-Old Boy Drowns in Bathtub As Mother Plays Games on Facebook

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34-year-old Shannon Johnson has been arrested after telling police officers that the reason her one-year-old son drowned in a bathtub several months ago is because she was busy playing a game on Facebook and left him to bathe unsupervised.


According to the arrest affidavit for this incident—which you can find below—Johnson was playing a Facebook game called Cafe World as well as browsing her news feed and uploading videos during the time her son was in the bathtub. She apparently only checked in on him once over the course of a ten-minute period and justified it by saying that she felt "her son was preternaturally independent, and simply wanted to be alone."

Once she noticed that the bathroom was oddly silent, Johnson rushed to check on her son only to find him "lying sideways, with his face submerged." She immediately took him to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Johnson is facing potential charges of child abuse resulting in neglectful death. [Switched]



Can someone explain to me how this is anyworse then a mom that lets her kid drown because she's doing her hair in another room, or cooking dinner, or distracted and neglecting their kid any other way?

Lets stop vilifying games for no reason. A neglecting parent is the same thing no matter the source of their distraction.