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Child drowns in bathtub whereas mother was on telephone for 20 minutes: Sheriff Specific Instances

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A Michigan mom was arrested Thursday on felony costs in connection to her 8-month-old son’s drowning demise final yr when the child was left alone in a tub whereas she was on the telephone for greater than 20 minutes, in line with the native sheriff’s workplace.

Olivia Miller, 23, of Sparta Township, Michigan, is dealing with one rely of murder — involuntary manslaughter and one rely of second-degree youngster abuse within the November 2023 demise of her 8-month-old son, Asher Johnson, courtroom data present.

Investigators decided that Miller was house alone along with her child when the boy drowned and stated that the mom advised various accounts of what occurred, in line with an announcement by the Kent County Sheriff’s Workplace (KCSO).

Newsweek reached out through e mail on Saturday to KCSO and Miller’s legal professional Frank Stanley for remark.

Miller is presently being held on a $300,000 bond on the Kent County jail, on-line data present. She appeared for her arraignment on Friday the place she pleaded not responsible to all costs, in line with native station WZZM.

Olivia Miller, 23, of Sparta Township, Michigan, was arrested and is dealing with costs of involuntary manslaughter and second-degree youngster abuse within the demise of her toddler son, Asher Joseph Johnson, who drowned in a tub…


Kent County Sheriff’s Workplace

On November 22, 2023, KCSO deputies, Sparta Police Division (SPD) officers and paramedics responded to a house off 16 Mile Highway in Sparta Township for a name concerning a child who had drowned in a tub, the sheriff’s workplace stated.

Miller was the one one house along with her child when she left him unattended in a tub with the water operating, KCSO Deputy Anna Birkeland wrote in a probable-cause affidavit obtained by Michigan information web site MLive.

“All through the investigation, Olivia gave various tales of what occurred surrounding Asher’s demise,” Birkeland wrote.

The mom advised investigators that she left her child, sitting up within the bathtub that was crammed a couple of inches and had the water operating, for 5 minutes whereas she went to the laundry room. When she returned, Miller stated she discovered Johnson floating, together with his face underwater, in line with the affidavit.

Miller stated that she tried to revive her child till first responders arrived, the courtroom doc states.

In the course of the investigation, detectives analyzed Miller’s cellphone exercise across the time of her son’s demise and located that she used her telephone from 3:17 p.m. till she referred to as 911 at 3:38 p.m. Throughout that timeframe, there was solely an 18-second break in her telephone utilization, the courtroom paperwork state.

Two minutes earlier than she referred to as 911, Miller referred to as the child’s paternal grandmother twice to inform her the boy had drowned.

4 minutes earlier than she referred to as 911, she texted her father that she was “Simply making an attempt to speak whereas I’ve time whereas Asher’s taking a nap,” in line with the affidavit.

SPD arrived on the scene seven minutes after Miller referred to as 911 and located the child mendacity face-up on the lounge flooring. Officers tried life-saving measures earlier than the boy was taken to Helen DeVos Kids’s Hospital the place he was pronounced lifeless, courtroom data state.

The infant’s explanation for demise was decided to be drowning, in line with an post-mortem performed by Kent County’s Chief Medical Examiner Stephen Cohle, who additionally estimated that the toddler had been mendacity on his again on the ground for at least 20 minutes earlier than authorities arrived.

Miller’s legal professional advised WZZM that there was “no indication of intentionality” concerning the mom’s alleged actions.

“There is not any indication of intentionality right here and that is essential to level out, Stanley stated. “It is a tragic scenario she suffered tremendously, emotionally from the demise of her youngster. She loves that youngster. I have been inside that home. There are pictures throughout that home of her, the daddy with that youngster.”

Miller is due again in courtroom on February 7.