Timothy Shipman: Dad who tried to drown daughter, 2, in pond after locking son, 5, in car arrested

Timothy Shipman: Dad who tried to drown daughter, 2, in pond after locking son, 5, in car arrested
A 42-year-old dad was arrested for attempting to drown his two-year-old daughter in a pond while his five-year-old son was confined to a vehicle (ABC7/Youtube)

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SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA: A 42-year-old dad was arrested for attempting to drown his two-year-old daughter in a pond while his five-year-old son was confined to a vehicle at the Pali mountain youth camp in Running Springs, California, on Tuesday, October 27. Timothy Shipman was charged with attempted murder and child abuse.

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According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's office, Shipman "lied his way onto the secure facility." The youngsters were removed from Shipman by quick-thinking camp employees, who immediately alerted the police. Then, he and the children were rushed to the hospital. While Shipman was treated and turned over to the authorities, the children are reportedly in stable condition, according to The US Sun.

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Police claimed to have executed a search warrant at the father's house and obtained information there. As of Thursday morning, Shipman was still being remanded in custody on a $1 million bail. According to the Fresno Bee, the atrocity occurred as a scientific camp was taking place at the location.

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Additionally, the organization was "very proud" of how its employees handled the circumstance, said Emily Balcome, director of outdoor education, expressing gratitude to Running Springs' first responders for "their swift response." Call the Twin Peaks Station at (909) 336-0600 if you have any information on the case. Information can be submitted to www.WETIP.com by those who prefer to remain anonymous.

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Earlier, MEAWW reported another incident where Victoria Moreno, 34, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated violence after throwing her three-year-old nephew into Lake Michigan on September 19. During her court appearance on September 21, prosecutors claimed that Moreno looked around to see whether anyone was watching as her three-year-old nephew approached the edge of the Navy Pier. She leaned down, took both of his hands in hers, and flung him into the water.

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Prosecutors alleged in a court declaration that Moreno then sat down and watched as her nephew drowned. "Not once during any of these events did the defendant scream for help, call for help, ask for help or try herself to help,” Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “When the police arrived, the defendant pretended not to know anything about the child,” she added. 

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The child was in cardiac arrest when divers retrieved him following a 30-minute search at the lake's bottom. He was awakened by paramedics and transported to Lurie Children's Hospital, but he is not expected to survive, according to Scaduto. According to the child's family, the father has been unable to visit his son while he was a patient at Loyola Medical Center awaiting a heart transplant.

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