Friday, August 9, 2013

Babysitter Jailed After 3-year-old Girl Drowns While She Checks Her Facebook Page

Kariasa Thomas, 37, of Dallas was officially charged with reckless injury to a child after her best friend's 3-year-old daughter, Kanyce Giddings, drowned in a pool while while she checked her Facebook status and played with a pit bull.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, on June 22 Thomas took her friend’s four children, who were 7, 6, 5 and 3 years old, to swim in a pool at her apartment complex in the 8600 block of Old Hickory Trail. Thomas also brought her 16-year-old daughter and husband, who is legally blind. The affidavit states that when the group arrived at the pool about 7 p.m., the pool was closed, but they decided to stay after seeing other people still in the water. Police said that although Thomas was aware Kanyce could not swim, she was allowed to get in the water. The affidavit states that Thomas told the child to stand on the steps with her feet in the water while the other children swam. Thomas told detectives that she was sitting in a reclining chair a few feet from where the child was playing, but that instead of watching the girl, she logged onto Facebook on her phone. The affidavit states that Thomas said she was on her phone for nearly 15 minutes while the children played. She later told detectives that in addition to being on her phone, she also was playing with her pit bull. At some point, an off-duty Dallas police officer who lives at the apartment complex and was working as a security guard came to tell the group the pool was closed. When Thomas began to gather the children, according to the affidavit, she could not find the 3-year-old. She asked the officer for a flashlight to search for her. The affidavit states that when Thomas walked in the pool, she kicked the child’s lifeless body. Thomas immediately gave the child to the off-duty officer, who began performing CPR while 911 was called. Kanyce was taken to Methodist Charlton Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

source: Dallas Morning News
Reckless? Sounds like she's heartless. She kicked the girl's lifeless body then gave it to the officer? I can't!

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