Police: Mother of infant who almost drowned in bathtub will not face charges

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police say the mother of a baby that almost drowned in a bathtub in Providence this week will not face charges.

According to police, the baby’s mother placed the child in a small bathtub inside the full tub at a home on Crandall Street Wednesday afternoon. Police said the mother left the room briefly while the faucet was running, though a plug was in the drain.

When she returned minutes later, she found the baby floating out of the smaller tub. The child was unresponsive.

Firefighters and emergency officials that arrived on the scene quickly performed CPR on the infant, who was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She began to breathe on her own and cried at the hospital.

According to Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin, the incident was simply an accident and no charges will be brought.

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