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1-Year-Old Drowns In Tub After Drunk Father Falls Asleep Bathing Him

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Texas father who was drunk while bathing his 1-year-old son was charged with felony murder after he allegedly fell asleep and the boy drowned, police say.

Enrique Alberto Machado, 36, of Houston, fell asleep on the bathroom floor on April 27 while his infant son was in the bathtub, according to Harris County Sheriff’s deputies.

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The child’s mother, Cynthia Veliz, called for help after she discovered the infant floating face up in the bathtub two hours later.

Machado told police he was “responsible for everything,” according to arrest documents.

As a truck driver, he told deputies that he returned home from Colorado after having about six beers with coworkers. He then attempted to bathe his son. He didn’t realize what had happened until the mother woke him up on the bathroom floor.

Veliz said Machado tried to resuscitate their son, but it was too late.

"He loved his son. I really do know he loved him and I really know he would never have wanted this to happen. Nothing is going to take away the pain that I feel," Veliz told Click2Houston.

"He was always smiling. He was a good baby," she said of her son.

Machado’s bail was set at $100,000.

Sources: KHOU, Click2Houston