Mother drowned 3-year-old daughter in bathtub after wrongly suspecting husband was having an affair

'I don't want a bath mummy,' Bethan is believed to have said to her mother Claire Colebourn before she was drowned in a bath tub


                            Mother drowned 3-year-old daughter in bathtub after wrongly suspecting husband was having an affair

The final words of a three-year-old girl who was "drowned by her mother after she became paranoid that her husband was having an affair" have been revealed in court.

"I don't want a bath mummy," Bethan Colebourn is believed to have told her mother Claire Colebourn, who drowned the toddler in a bath tub at their Hampshire home in October 2017, as she "did not want her to go anywhere near her father."

Colebourn, a former science teacher, was seen sobbing while in the docks at Winchester Crown Court as the prosecutor shared how she had wrongly presumed that her husband Michael, a company director, was having an affair with a colleague at work.

The mother then researched how to commit suicide just before she allegedly drowned Bethan.

The incident took place in the family's £400,000 home located in Fordingbridge, Hants. The child's chilling last words were revealed by Colebourn during an interview with the police, prosecutor Kerry Maylin shared with the jurors. The court was also made aware of how Colebourn told police that her daughter "sadly had complete trust" in her and made no attempt to fight back. 

Bethan Colebourn was found dead in her home in October 2017 (Source: Hampshire Police)
Bethan Colebourn was found dead in her home in October 2017 (Source: Hampshire Police)

As reported by the Sun, the court also heard how Colebourn held her daughter's head face down underwater using her left hand while the child's body "jumped".

The gruesome details were revealed in Colebourn's final interview with the police in April last year, and were presented in the court as family members wept.

According to Colebourn's husband Michael, after their separation his estranged wife took to Facebook and email to accuse him of having an affair with a colleague. However, he said that she later admitted that the claims were false and took down the post.

Prosecutor Maylin told the court, "Claire Colebourn said 'I did it because I did not want her to go anywhere near her father. She told officers Bethan said 'I don't want a bath mummy, I don't want a bath."

"Claire added to this and said, 'I drowned my own daughter. She did not fight. Her hands and arms were tucked under her body. I think, sadly, she had complete trust in me. I did what I did for Bethan.'"

Maylin continued, "She said she held her hand to hold her under the water, she said she did it because 'I didn't want her to go anywhere near her father'. She confirmed when Bethan came out of the water she was already dead. She said she took her to the downstairs bedroom, wrapped her under her arm and then injected herself with insulin."

Maylin further added how Colebourn claimed "a phone call saying she was harassing Michael, tipped her over the edge."

Last year in July, Judge Keith Cutler kept Colebourn in custody and said, "This is the case of Claire Colebourn, who faces the charge of murder of Bethan Colebourn, her three-year-old daughter. She has pleaded not guilty. This is a terrible and tragic case, which needs full investigation and I completely support the work being done to contact a number of experts. It has been decided that this case should be tried before a high court judge, but the availability is very limited. In the circumstances, we have a full slot for this trial beginning March 5, 2019."