A Wellington woman spoke on the phone for more than eight minutes as her 15-month-old baby drowned in the bath, a jury has heard.
She then made two separate calls to her parents, trying to arrange for a rug doctor to clean the carpets later that day.
This will be interesting to see how the jury view this; whether they excuse this mother’s negligence as she has suffered the loss of a child or they hold the woman to account for prioritising the housework above the well being of a child.
Updated 31 October The jury return their verdict.
A Wellington mother has been found not guilty of killing her 13-month-old son, who drowned in the bath while she spoke on the phone.
In the High Court in Wellington this afternoon, a jury of seven men and five woman found the woman’s fatal mistake to talk on the phone for eight minutes while her child bathed was not bad enough too warrant a conviction for manslaughter.