Crime

Babysitter Smokes Weed And Meth, Child Dies In Her Care

| by Brendan Kelly

A Florida woman has been charged in connection with the drowning death of a 5-year-old girl that she was babysitting.

Jacqueline Chiara Bjorndal, 22, told investigators she was babysitting 5-year-old Aubrey Alcott on Nov. 25 when she found the girl unresponsive in the pool. According to police, "alcohol and various drugs were involved in this incident."

Police say Bjorndal smoked meth and marijuana while Aubrey was in her care. While under the influence, she reportedly let the 5-year-old girl go outside by herself to play with her pet pig.

Roughly 20 minutes later, Bjorndal's roommate arrived home and walked into the backyard, where he spotted a shadow in the pool. He ran over to the pool and pulled Aubrey out before calling 911.

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A 911 operator tried to walk Bjorndals roommate through performing CPR on the girl after he said, "We got a little girl who fell in the pool, and she's not breathing. Her lips are blue."

The roommate said that he was not sure how long the child had been underwater.

"Try to keep the mother calm, OK, but let those compressions and the CPR continue, OK?" the operator said, according to WKMG.

The operator reportedly stayed on the phone until paramedics arrived. 

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The child was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, according to Florida Today.

Bjorndal has been charged with aggravated manslaughter by neglect of a child in connection with Aubrey's death. She is being held on $50,000 bond. A judge ruled that she is not allowed to return to the house or watch any children. She is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 5.

Sources: WKMGFlorida Today / Photo credit: Brevard County Sheriff's Office via Florida Today

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