Detroit mom charged in bathtub drowning of infant daughter

DETROIT (AP) — A woman who authorities say told them she found her 18-day-old daughter floating face down in a bathtub at her Detroit apartment has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office announced charges Thursday against 22-year-old Jaila Thomas following the death of Lauren Williams. She’s due in court later in the day and also faces a second-degree child abuse charge.

Court records Thursday morning didn’t list a lawyer for her.

Prosecutors say Thomas had been drinking and was alone in her apartment Monday morning when she found the girl unresponsive. Medics pronounced the girl dead and prosecutors say she drowned.

Worthy called the allegations in the case “appalling,” saying in a statement that the child shouldn’t have died “if a person is ‘a little’ intoxicated.”

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