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Baby Drowns After Mother Falls Asleep While Co-Bathing

| by Brendan Kelly

A 7-month-old boy reportedly died by drowning in the bathtub after co-bathing with his mother.

Jennifer Wroubel, of Middleburg, Florida, told police she tried to give her son Dylan a bath on April 5, but he would not stop crying, WJXT reports. To help calm him down, she decided to get in with him and co-bathe.

Unfortunately, this common practice quickly turned tragic for Wroubel, 28, after she fell asleep in the tub after roughly 15 minutes of playing with her son.

When the mother woke up, she saw her baby floating in the bathtub. She immediately pulled Dylan out of the tub, called 911, and attempted to perform CPR.

Rescue workers quickly arrived and rushed Dylan to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"Every child death is a tragedy, and we are investigating this case thoroughly," John Harrell of the Department of Children and Families told WJXT. "We don't want to jump to any conclusions. We do need to investigate all child deaths thoroughly. We owe that to the child, to the memory of the child, to investigate thoroughly, and that's what we're going to do."

Deputies noted that there was no trauma to Dylan's body. An autopsy will be performed to officially determine the cause of death.

"[Drowning] is one of the leading causes of child deaths in Florida," Harrell warned. "What parents can do to ensure that their children don’t suffer this sort of tragedy is to make sure they are carefully and actively watching their children at all times, whether it be in the bathtub, whether it be pools, because we’re getting into the summer pool season now. […] It only takes a few moments for a tragedy to happen."

Harrell noted that it will be up to police to determine whether Wroubel should be charged in her son's death or not.

Sources: WJXTIndependent Journal  / Photo Credit: WJXT via Independent Journal, WOKV

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