A mother whose 2-year-old daughter drowned in a bathtub, allegedly while she was having sex in another room of her Wise County, Texas, home, turned herself in to authorities this week, according to multiple reports.
Amanda Ann Clark, 26, is accused of leaving her three young daughters — ages 2, 3 and 6 — unattended in a bathtub on Oct. 23, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by television station WFAA.
While the children were alone in the water-filled tub, she went to have sex with a man in her bedroom, the affidavit stated.
A short time later, the 6-year-old girl told Clark her youngest sister — identified as Alexandria — was unresponsive in the tub, prompting the mother to call 911 and report that the toddler was not breathing, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Alexandria had drowned, the newspaper reported.
“This is the first time I’ve come across something like this,” Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin told WFAA.
According to the affidavit, Clark told authorities she “was visiting a male companion” in her room at the time, and had left the children alone in the bathtub. Her bedroom door was closed.
The man told investigators he had come to the woman’s home for a “booty call,” WFAA reported, citing the affidavit. Clark’s children were playing in another room before their mother placed them in the tub and left, he said.
The 6-year-old daughter came into the bedroom to alert her mother that Alexandria had stopped breathing after being pushed under the water by the 3-year-old sister, according to the station.
“Of course, the 3-year-old didn’t have a clue about the what that was all about, what the implications of that might be,” said Akin.
Neighbors and friends called the incident a terrible “mistake,” and defended Clark, telling WFAA that she loved her children.
“She was screaming, hollering, ‘Help me. Help me.’ She loved those kids,” said neighbor Jodi Malott.
Clark, who turned herself in Tuesday, is being held in jail on $100,000 bond, according to the TV station.
She faces a felony charge of abandoning or endangering a child.