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Infant apparently drowned in bathtub after mother fell asleep

A 1-year-old Detroit girl apparently drowned in a bathtub after her mother fell asleep on her couch early Wednesday morning, police said.

The mother had returned home from working a 12-hour shift and fell asleep on the couch, Detroit Police Officer Kenyetta Hebron said.

“The mother was awoken by her 4-year-old daughter, who had wet herself. The mother began running bathwater to wash her 4-year-old when the mother fell back asleep on the couch.”

Hebron said the mother was then awoken a second time by the 4-year-old girl, who led her to the bathroom where the 1-year-old was unresponsive in the bathtub.

The girl was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead about 2 a.m.

No charges have been announced against the mother.

The apparent drowning occurred at a home on the 10700 block of Balfour, located on Detroit’s east side.

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