Bagley mother arrested for child's drowning

A 24-year-old Bagley woman who admitted she had used methamphetamine recently left her 11-month-old child unsupervised in a bathtub for more than 20 minutes last month, and the child drowned as the tub eventually overflowed with water, according to court records.
Seaira Marie Briceno is charged with felony child endangerment, a crime punishable by up to 25 years in prison if she is convicted.
Briceno said she left the child and another 2-year-old child alone in the tub on Aug. 10 and went downstairs in her house in the 300 block of First Avenue in Bagley to get diapers, court records show.
Water overflowed from the tub and seeped through the bathroom floor. Briceno said she noticed the leaking water and was trying to determine where it was coming from when the older child came downstairs, crying.
Briceno went to the bathroom and found the younger child floating on his back, his face partly in the water.
The drowning was reported about 8:20 p.m.
Briceno told a deputy sheriff that she left the children unattended for no more than five minutes, and that the tub was about 25 percent full and the water was off. She said the older child must have turned the water back on.
The deputy tested how long it took for water to fill the tub and found it was nearly a half hour. He estimated that it would have taken more than 20 minutes for the tub to overflow if it started at the water level that Briceno said it was when she left the children.
Briceno allegedly admitted that she had last used methamphetamine three days before the incident, and that there were no drugs or paraphernalia in the house. She consented to a search of the house, and deputies found a spoon and small plastic bag with what appeared to be drug residue.
They obtained a search warrant to get a sample of her blood to test for drugs. It’s unclear what that test has revealed.
Briceno is held in the Guthrie County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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