8-month-old David Whatahomigie drowned in bathtub
A grand jury has indicted a foster mother on felony charges in the death of an 8-month-old baby who drowned in a bathtub while in her care.
Elizabeth Dawn Stone has been ordered to appear in court Thursday for her arraignment. She faces one count of manslaughter.
According to the Sheriff's Office's incident report, Stone told authorities she drew a bath in her Valle Vista home for 8-month-old David Whatahomigie and a 3-year-old foster child around 1 p.m. Sept. 25. Whatahomigie was a little fussy once in the water, Stone said, so she went to go retrieve a towel from a hall closet just outside the bathroom.
Stone said that while she was getting a towel, the phone rang and she went to the bedroom to answer it. At the same time, her fiancé came home and she greeted him before they returned to the bathroom and found Whatahomigie face down in the bathtub.
According to the report, Stone estimated she had been out of the bathroom for three to five minutes. That time frame was corroborated by an older child