Private Detective Child nearly Drowns While Mother Smokes

Stefanie Jolene Antrim said she filled a bathtub with water and placed her 1-year-old and 4-year-old children in it. She then put dishes in the dishwasher and went outside to smoke a cigarette.

Some time later the older child began screaming and when Antrim went inside she said she found the youngest child floating face down in the water, according to an affidavit filed at the Canyon County Courthouse.

Police and paramedics were called to the residence in the 1800 block of Chicago Street, said Angela Weeks, a detective with the Nampa Police Department.

The 1-year-old child was treated at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Nampa, where Antrim was interviewed by a police detective in a private room. She admitted to drinking four or five 16-ounce Budweiser beers, and her blood alcohol content registered .121 and .126, according to court records.

She told police she started drinking about 3:30 p.m. and had her last drink at about 7 p.m. She also told the detective she didn’t know what time she filled the tub with about 6 to 9 inches of water, according to court records.

The 32-year-old mother was taken into custody Thursday afternoon at Canyon County Jail on a charge of felony injury to child. As of early Monday afternoon, Antrim was still in custody, according to jail officials.

“Detectives, through investigation, were able to determine the child had been home with the mom and 4-year-old brother and were left in the tub unattended,” Weeks said.

Antrim’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 11, according to Bryan Taylor, Canyon County prosecuting attorney.

The maximum sentence for felony injury to a child is up to 10 years in prison.

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