Woman admits toddler drowning

Last updated 12:54 27/06/2014

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A Levin woman looked to the skies and cried outside court, minutes after admitting she had killed her toddler.

In the High Court in Palmerston North this morning, the woman pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter due to neglecting her duty in providing the necessary care for her child.

The child, who had a history of having seizures, drowned in a bath in their home on October 25, 2012.

The woman, who has name suppression, had two knives on the stove that she was preparing to use to take cannabis. 

The child soiled its nappy, so the mother removed it and placed the child in the bath.

The mother then went outside to have a cigarette, where she talked to a friend and watched another child play for about 10 minutes.

When she went back to the bath, her child was dead.

Justice Ronald Young gave the woman her first strike warning, and remanded her until a future date for sentencing.

Figures from Water Safety New Zealand show eight people drowned in baths in 2012, and that 29 per cent of people who drowned at home were younger than four-years-old.

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- Manawatu Standard

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