Detectives are looking for a motive after they say a California woman drowned her 4-year-old grandson in a bathtub.
Dawn Raines-Hewes ran screaming out of her home a few minutes before 11 a.m. on Dec. 29, gaining the attention of neighbors and passersby who checked inside the home and found the boy, unconscious and soaking wet, in a hallway, the Los Angeles Times reported.
They called police, and paramedics arrived. After failing to resuscitate the boy at the scene, they rushed him to a nearby hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival.
Investigators told the Los Angeles Times that Raines-Hewes was acting strangely, but didn't go into detail about what she was doing or saying.
“It was chaotic, very suspicious and unusual,” Fairfield police Officer Cleo Mayoral told the Los Angeles Times. “The conduct and behavior of the grandmother was what immediately drew our attention.”
The victim had two sisters, 1 and 6 years old, who were in the house at the time but were not harmed, police said. Reports said Raines-Hewes was babysitting the children at the time, but did not include information about the parents. Police said they were interviewing other family members to learn more about what happened.
Raines-Hewes was charged with murder and brought to Solano County Jail, where she remained on Dec. 30. The Los Angeles Times reported bail was set at $1 million, while the Bay Area's KPIX said Raines-Hewes was held without bail.
Police said they could file additional charges against the grandmother pending the results of their investigation.