Arizona infant who drowned was in foster care


Posted: Sep. 28, 2011 | 5:59 p.m.
Updated: Sep. 30, 2011 | 8:48 a.m.

An 8-month-old boy who drowned in northwest Arizona over the weekend was in foster care at the time, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

David Whatahomigie was unresponsive when pulled from a bathtub Sunday at a home in Valle Vista, about 15 miles north of Kingman along Historic Route 66.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter said he was pronounced dead after being taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas.

She said the infant had been placed in the home by officials who manage the foster care program for the nearby Hualapai Indian Tribe.

Carter said the incident remained under investigation and will be reviewed for possible charges by the county attorney's office.

A 3-year-old foster child and other children ages 12 and 13 were temporarily removed from the home where the incident occurred, she said.