Mother posts false news of 3-year-old's death online, and days later tries to drown him in the bathtub
The woman, identified as Celeste T. Christian, is currently being held without bail on attempted murder charges and her son is at the University of Chicago Medical Center
A 21-year-old mother from South Side, Chicago, was arrested after trying to drown her three-year-old son in a bathtub. Chicago police said that the woman had posted the news of her son's death days earlier on Facebook before trying to kill him.
The woman, identified as Celeste T. Christian, is currently being held without bail on attempted murder charges and her son is at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Officials said that the child is off the ventilator now and is able to speak, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The boy is currently being treated at the hospital for asphyxiation and water in his lungs after police said that someone had tried to hold the child underwater, according to reports.
Officials said that the boy's father had dropped him off at Christian’s home in the 1700 block of East 79th Street in South Shore around 9:30 pm on Sunday. She reportedly told officers later that she noticed that the toddler had wet himself so she drew a bath for him and left him unattended for five to 10 minutes to check on her two-year-old daughter.
She told officials that she heard splashing sounds from the bathroom and rushed to find her son "limp" in the water. The child's legs were reprotedly stiff and foam was coming out of his nose and mouth. She then called 911 and told police that she did not know CPR.
The child was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center by paramedics where a doctor told police officials that they had received a call from the Gift of Hope, an organ and tissue donor organization, asking if the boy was there at the hospital yet. The caller reportedly did not identify themselves.
Gift of Hope spokeswoman Therese Michels, however, refuted the police report stating that no one from their organization had contacted the hospital about the boy.
Meanwhile, the boy's father told officials that Christian had recently posted on Facebook that her son had died and that she wanted to make funeral plans for him. Christian was later arrested and charged for attempted murder.
Reports state that the State Child Welfare is also investigating the case and that a new probe has been launched against Christian for alleged "torture", "inadequate supervision" and "substantial risk of physical injury or environment injurious to health and welfare", according to an email sent by Illinois Department of Children and Family Services spokesman Neil Skene.