FORT LUPTON, Colo. (CBS4)- A mother told police that she was on Facebook when her baby drowned. Shannon Johnson is charged with child abuse resulting in death.

Johnson’s 13-month-old son, Joseph, died in their Fort Lupton home in September 2010.

Johnson told police she left the boy in the bathtub, then went into another room to play a game on Facebook.

She told authorities she was leaving the baby alone because “he wanted to be left alone and was a very independent baby.”

She also said she didn’t want her son to be known as a “mama’s boy.”

Johnson found Joseph with his head underwater a few minutes later.

Comments (4)
  1. Ramona Sandoval says:


  2. Ramona Sandoval says:

    I bet she has nightmares!

    1. Rachael says:

      I hope she has nightmares EVERY night because she deserves that!!! I’m sick in my stomach and she needs to get a taste of her own candy in some way.

  3. Mike says:

    “he really wanted to be left alone; he was a very independent baby.”

    BullShyte. If he was so independent, could he feed himself, could he change his own diaper, and put himself to bed? Probably not. Clearly he can’t bathe himself. My son is almost 2 and he’s “independent” but that pretty much means he can find ways to entertain himself, but most of the time he still relies on us.

    There is no such thing as an “independent baby”; just stupid parents.

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