Richland father arrested for negligence, manslaughter in drowning of one-year-old

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RICHLAND, Wash. — When detectives found an alleged pattern of negligence, they arrested the father of a one-year-old child who drowned in a bathtub in late October.

According to investigators from the Richland Police Department, officers and medics from the Richland Fire Department rushed to the WoodSpring Suites hotel on October 28, 2022 following reports that a one-year-old child might have drowned in a tub.

Medics attempted to help the baby at the scene before transporting it to the nearest hospital. The baby’s heartbeat was restored and the child was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for further care. Unfortunately, the child died at the hospital shortly after.

Richland detectives investigated the 24-year-old father and learned that he was responsible for the child’s death due to his negligence and recklessness. Furthermore, the father allegedly had a pattern of reckless behavior that endangered the child on numerous occasions leading up to its death.

In turn, he was arrested for second-degree manslaughter on November 3, 2022. Charges were confirmed by the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office.

Authorities have not released the names of the father or child out of sensitivity to the other family members.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are revealed.

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