LAS VEGAS, Nevada- A murder has police and neighbors baffled with a mother accused of drowning her own 2-year-old daughter in their apartment’s bathtub.
KTNV reports, police rushed to the Sunset Terrance Apartments on Walnut Road near Cheyenne Avenue just after 3 p.m. on Saturday after receiving a 911 call.
“I’m just really devastated,” said Lisa Campbell, a neighbor.
Investigators said the concern started with the 911 call itself. The mother, in her mid-forties according to Las Vegas police, reported that her two-year-old daughter was floating in their bathtub. The dispatcher quickly got alarmed that the mom didn’t listen to instructions, didn’t pull the child out of the bathtub, and didn’t care to give CPR.
“Those instructions went unanswered,” said Lt. Ray Spencer, head of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Division.
Police rushed to the rescue, arriving in approximately five minutes, according to Spencer. He said the mother took her time answering the door, too. Once inside, the officer and medics could not save the girl’s life. She was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to Spencer.
“Disturbing is an understatement,” Spencer said. “I have officers out here who are shaken up. We have a two-year-old that was senseless murdered,” he said as he briefed Action News at the complex.
Questioning the mother, homicide detectives soon realized that this was no accident, and that the accused killer was looking straight at them. One neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, watched the handcuffed mom’s demeanor.
“She had no remorse, remorse of like, ‘My baby’s dead, my baby’s not here,'” the neighbor observed, as the mother was brought to Metro headquarters for further questioning.
Adding to the equation, police made a domestic violence call to the apartment around 7 a.m.
Ronnie Monroe, a neighbor who lives next door to the apartment complex, watched that situation unfold with what he thought at the time was an ideal ending.
“I thought, wow, they diffused that. It looked like everything was over,” he said. “And she left with the child,” Monroe said.
Police said the man in a relationship with the mother was nowhere to be found. They have been looking for him for questioning.
“We do not believe the boyfriend had anything to do with the child being drowned,” Spencer said.
A former neighbor said that she heard at least five occasions where the mother was being abused. She added that the woman confided that she was being abused and believes she somehow snapped.
“It’s not an excuse, but I think that maybe she was just so out of, like in a deep, dark place that it just happened,” Dani Jones told 13 Action News.
“We’re supposed to protect our children, not hurt them, and they trust us to protect them, and tomorrow is Mother’s Day,” added Lisa Campbell, a neighbor.
The mother is charged with one count of open murder.
The coroner will identify the deceased.