IRVING, Texas -- The Irving mother whose three kids drowned in an apartment complex pool is out on bail after cops charged her with injury to a child.
Witnesses say Patricia Allen was apparantly distracted by a cell phone during the drownings.
"It is a second-degree felony. And by statute, that is punishable between two and 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine," said Officer James McLennan with Irving Police Department.
KDAF reports Allen was arrested Friday. She posted the $50,000 bond a day later.
"The recklessness of her taking five young children with either no ability or little ability to swim or be in the water without a flotation devices, that is the basis of our charge," McLennan said.
Allen's attorney says her client's tearful mug shot tells the story of a tragic accident — not a crime.
"The fact that she's been the focus of the attention here is outrageous to me," said Linda Turley, Allen's attorney. "Where the attention should have been focused from the get-go was on that pool."
According to Irving police, the pool was so cloudy, you couldn't see the bottom.
"We haven't found anything to suggest she was anything but a good mom. To go after her is absolutely unreasonable," Turley said.
Whatever happens in court, this mom is facing a life sentence without three of her kids.