A California woman, who reportedly admitted drowning her 4-year-old grandson, flashed a wide smile during a preliminary court appearance.
Dawn Diana Raines-Hewes faces a murder charge for drowning Richard Kite while she was watching the boy and his sisters on Dec. 29, police said.
Photos of the Jan. 7 hearing showed the 51-year-old grandmother wearing a neutral expression as she was escorted, shackled, into the courtroom. After she was seated, the accused murderer was photographed with a broad smile on her face while speaking with her attorneys.
Raines-Hewes was in court for a preliminary hearing in the case. The murder charge carries a potential sentence of 25 years to life, and Raines-Hewes has been in custody at Solano County Jail without bail because she allegedly admitted she killed her grandson, the Daily Mail reported.
A trial date has not been set yet.
In the original incident, Raines-Hewes caught the attention of neighbors when she ran screaming out of her house. When her neighbors went inside, they found the soaked and unconscious 4-year-old in a hallway and called 911. Responding police and paramedics tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate Richard, and the boy died at a local trauma center after he was rushed there by ambulance, the Daily Republic reported.
“The baby was placed inside a bathtub and intentionally drowned by Raines-Hewes,” police spokeswoman Rebecca Belk told KRON.
Raines-Hewes' granddaughters, who are 1 and 6 years old, were not hurt.