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Woman Charged After Baby Dies in Hotel Tub

Posted: Dec 4, 2012 4:30 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Dec 4, 2012 4:33 PM

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HAZELWOOD (AP) - A St. Louis County woman is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly leaving her infant son alone in a bathtub full of water.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that charges were filed Tuesday against 24-year-old Brooke Maynard of Hazelwood.

Emergency crews responded to a call Monday at the Extended Stay America Hotel in Hazelwood and found a 9-month-old boy on the floor with the mother administering CPR. The baby, Roman Bell, was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Police say the woman intended to bathe the child and left him in the tub with the water running. The mother allegedly became distracted by a phone call.

Maynard had been living in the hotel since moving to the St. Louis area from Florida three months ago.

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