Wednesday, March 17, 2004

What a Difference

NEW YORK (AP) A woman apparently collapsed and died while giving her 3-year-old son a bath , and the boy then drowned in the tub, police said Wednesday.

Rosilyn Hines, 51, had been bathing her son, Robbie, in the bathtub of their apartment in Queens, police said.

According to a police report, Robbie was found face down in the tub and Hines was slumped over nearby. She apparently had tried to grab a towel rack for support and pulled it off the wall, the report said.
A 3-year-old boy drowned in a bathtub, probably after his mother suffered a fatal heart attack in their Queens home and fell on top of him, law enforcement sources said yesterday.
Ah, accuracy in reporting. While it's clear from the second report that the tragic accidental death of a child was due to the natural death of the mother, the first report has us wondering why a 3 year-old who would be perfectly capable of getting out of a bathtub would be found drowned in the tub.


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