Tempe Couple's 9 a.m. Nap Nearly Leads to Drowning Death of 11-Month-Old Boy
We can think of a lot of instances when it's probably not the most ideal time to take a nap -- topping the list, however, would definitely be shortly after putting an 11-month-old baby in a running bathtub, which is exactly what police say a Tempe couple did earlier this month.
Thankfully, the baby lived -- but only because his 4-year-old sister had the sense to wake up her parents and alert them that her brother was "asleep in the tub."
Tempe police arrested the baby's parents -- 23-year-old Summer Dawn Angelly and 28-year-old Jasen Anchondo -- last week after their 11-month-old son was rescued from a bathtub in a hotel room where the family's been living.
According to the Tempe Police Department, about 8:50 a.m. on August 5, rescue crews were dispatched to the Days Inn on East Apache Drive in Tempe after the baby was found in the tub.
Angelly, police say, ran out of the hotel room screaming, which prompted the hotel manager to rush to the room to see what was going on.
When she got there, she found the baby, who wasn't breathing. However, Anchondo insisted that the child was "OK."
The hotel manager called 9-1-1 and took CPR direction from the dispatcher until rescue crews arrived.
The baby was taken to a local hospital, treated, and released several days later. He's expected to make a full recovery.
When the parents were interviewed by detectives, they each changed their story about how the baby ended up in a running bathtub. Angelly eventually came clean.
She told police the baby had soiled his diaper. Because the couple was out of diapers, they opted to stick him in the bathtub. Then she and Anchondo each fell asleep -- with the baby in the tub and the water still running.
They woke up when their 4-year-old daughter told them the baby was in the tub.
The family moved to Tempe from California about eight weeks ago. They'd been living with some family members before they moved into the hotel. The 11-month-old was one of four children -- a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old, and the 11-month-old's twin brother -- living in the hotel room. Each of the children have since been placed with Child Protective Services.
Angelly and Anchondo were each booked on one count of child abuse, a class-two felony.
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