Close Call with a Baby in a Bathtub in Concord on Sunday Morning

March 2, 2014 12:12 pm · 81 comments

Never leave your baby alone in the bathtub, even for a few seconds!

An 11-month-old baby in Concord had a close call this morning. The parents apparently walked away from the bathing child for a few seconds, and when they returned, the baby was fully submerged in the water.

Fortunately, the baby never stopped breathing and will be ok.

Ernie March 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Back to the books for this young couple. What a tragedy this would have been. Thank God that the baby was O.K.

Cowellian March 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

I guess the parents didn’t read the operator’s manual that came with the child.

CT March 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Child protective services should be notified. The child should be taken away from these parents.!

Seriously? March 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I myself have an 11 month old and would NEVER leave the unattended in a bathtub. Holy freaking morons. I realize people aren’t as vigilant as myself some would say neurotic about safety with babies, but COME ON!!!

Its not the parents fault March 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

There are no government mandated warning labels on a child. People cannot be responsible unless the labels are approved by government, not removable and meet strict federal safety guidelines.

People cannot be held responsible for dangerous projects without appropriate state and federal guidance.

Having babies should be banned until the government can establish safe bathing practices with appropriate highly visible warning notices on the baby.

dj March 2, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Can you post a picture of these idiots?

Barbara March 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Seriously? You are NOT neurotic, you ARE a responsible parent. B

GoGo Gomez March 2, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Dee Da Dee!

bigdaddy March 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM

the parents are idiots

JW March 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM

That is scary. I am not going to judge those parents because everyone with kids has their own “Oh crap!” moments.

Sheila March 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Something tells me it was more than ” a few seconds.” They’re in denial.

Kids having kids, or irresponsible people in general, who are irresponsible in ALL aspects of their lives.

If this is a two parent household, hopefully they learned their lesson, and thankfully the baby is okay.

Anthony Jeselnik March 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

You don’t know anything about pain until you’ve seen your own baby drown in a bathtub….. and you definitely don’t know anything about how to wash a baby.

Dave March 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM

In the words of one of the ladies at work “wait until you’re 35.” (She was a young parent).

Psychologists agree that the key to happiness is “happily married, no children.” (I’ve read this more than once).

Ann Landers survey in the mid 70″s, “If you had to do it all over again, would you have kids?” 70% said no. That’s depressing. That survey is actually online.

Our kids are grown. They’re the best thing that ever happened to us.

Parents, keep an eye on the baby while bathing. You’re very fortunate the baby is all right.

Prayers for the family……

Susan bone illa March 2, 2014 at 1:54 PM

I’m on it, I will introduce legislation to deal with the problem .

waverunner March 2, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Think there is more to this story, because an 11-month old can pretty much sit up-right unless there is a slippery circumstance where it may slip and not be able to up-right itself; therein, lies the problem with not turning your back or stepping away from a bathing baby. Think the parents were out of sight for longer than a few seconds.

funny man March 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

this just proves that all bathtubs are dangerous! no one needs a bath tub in their house. PLEASE join me in urging the Concord City Council to BAN all bath tubs within the city limits!

Laura Zah March 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

No more than 10 gallons of water per tub.

android user March 2, 2014 at 3:22 PM

As long as there are no “spare the baby” days.

eyewhen March 2, 2014 at 3:33 PM

My wife and I regularly fully submerge our 10 month old daughter under water for a few seconds at a time. Never do we get a topic on Claycord. Maybe because there’s no story on children going under water for a few seconds… give it a few months claycord, some brown skinned person will get you all worked up… just slow today!

Julie March 2, 2014 at 3:34 PM

All it takes to bathe a baby properly is common sense and good judgment.

I babysat in the 70’s and bathed babies in Claycord (neighbors) for 50 cents an hour at the age of 14. I was nervous at that age, but my parents assured me that if I kept on eye on the baby at all times, that everything would be all right.

It was good experience for me (or any responsible teenager). By the time we had kids, babysitting experience was a blessing.

First time parenting can be very trying for young couples. Please use good judgment.

caskydiver March 2, 2014 at 3:40 PM

So thankful the baby is okay. Hey folks…let’s just be glad nothing happened. Accidents happen and sometimes bad things happen to good people. It is so easy to get distracted for a few seconds. Be honest…none of you has ever taken a cell phone call or read/sent a text while driving?

But I do like some of the comments above speculating on how our elected officials would react to a story like this. Some potential others….:
– Ban water in bathtubs unless you have a license (cost: $25)
– Require certification and a 20-hour class before you are trusted with running water
– Requirement to have standing tub water inspected and monitored by county officials continuously if occupied by those under the age of five. Inspections required every 3 minutes for ages 5-7
– Not allowed to have a child until you undergo 40 hrs of California approved training (both parents). In order to keep children once born, mandatory refresher training by a California approved institution every 2 yrs
– etc. etc.
While the above may sound ridiculous, I am waiting for this to happen someday….nanny government is alive and well in Kalifornia.

Mary March 2, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Is this story from an emergency log or just word of mouth because the article doesn’t say whether or not the baby was checked out by medical professionals? Was that the case? If not, they should do so since there is something called delayed drowning.

Dr. Spock March 2, 2014 at 3:55 PM

I’m happy to see we have so many perfect parents in Claycord. You would think we’d have a lot more perfect kids as a result, but that certainly isn’t the case. Clearly, all of you have never made a mistake. Hooray for you.

@Sheila and waverunner,
A baby goes underwater, but not long enough to drown or stop breathing. Your “logical” conclusion is that the parents must have been away for a long time. How does that even make sense?

Suzanne March 2, 2014 at 3:57 PM

When the mood fits you, you want to submerge your child in water–babies are natural swimmers. I don’t think this is the same thing as a form of torture.

Mrs. T March 2, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Should be a warning somewhere not to feed them!

Landana March 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Correct, also know as dry drowning. Can even happen in a 7 year old after a day of swimming, feels not so good, goes to bed and doesn’t wake up.
its very rare but I would think that the chance would be higher in an infant.

Silva March 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Oh good grief! I really don’t remember having any close calls like that. I waited till I was well over 30 then took a class before my baby was born where I learned that you DON’T EVER LEAVE A BABY UNATENDED!!!! ESPECIALLY NOT IN WATER!!!!!!

Bob March 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

@ Dr. Spock—-23

You have no idea what you’re talking about. It takes more than a few seconds to walk away, yet alone return and find your baby submerged underwater. Sheila is correct, ands she knows it. These parents need a parenting class. They’re lucky the baby is still alive.

Shelly March 2, 2014 at 7:01 PM

CPS should be opening a file. Hopefully this is a “one of” event.

teri March 2, 2014 at 7:26 PM

I don’t think CPS is the answer. Statistically, children are safer in their own homes than they are in foster homes.

Mary March 2, 2014 at 7:42 PM

I don’t think CPS needs to be called every time a parent does a stupid. They would be even more overloaded. The pediatrician or any emergency medical personnel would make that determination. We have all made mistakes…sometimes tragic ones.

Dr. Spock March 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM

It takes about 1 second for a baby to slip and go underwater. If the parents walk away for 5 seconds, it could easily happen in that time. I’m not sure why you have trouble grasping this concept.

Home From Church March 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Oh, my. Thank goodness the baby is okay.

Cowellian March 2, 2014 at 8:23 PM

There aren’t enough social workers to take away all the kids of stupid parents.

Home From Church March 2, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Nobody walks away for a few seconds. What are you going to do in a few seconds? Give me a break! Were you there? I wasn’t , but I’m not stupid!They’re irresponsible parents, bottom line, end of story. They’re stupid! They’re claiming “a few seconds” to cover their tracks. CPS will step in, and anybody who’s ever read the paper or watched the news knows this. I’m sure these parents know this as well, and that’s why they’re claiming “a few seconds.” Why do you have a problem understanding YOU NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENDED?!!

Concord Guy March 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Some people aren’t worth of parenthood. SMH.

eyewhen March 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Hey Church lady,

My child is currently unattended; are you suddenly feeling the need to use some more caps lock?

Matt March 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM

@ Dr. Spock, Eyewhen

Neither one of you should have kids. You’re making excuses for ignorant parents. Which is what ignorant people do. I feel sorry for your kids.

A lot of people shouldn’t have kids. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens again.

Cowellian, maybe they can hire more social workers and have these kids removed.

eyewhen March 2, 2014 at 11:49 PM

You certainly have the right to feel sorry for my daughter and even all the “ignorant parents” (whatever that means) but it certainly is not going to make us change the way we parent… and Yes it will happen again as it has in the past. We all know your parents made a few mistakes, namely the night you were conceived!
Hope all is well.

Silva March 3, 2014 at 4:40 AM

CPS doesn’t immediately swoop up children & deposit them with strangers unless there are dangerous circumstances or a pattern of abuse/neglect. This incedent would call for the opening of a “case”. Things would be checked into. It’s a serious event. Any medical professional, fire or police responding to this event is legally bound to report it. Luckily/hopefully everything’s going to be fine with this family and child.

Dr. Spock March 3, 2014 at 4:53 AM

Let’s see, how long does it take to answer the door and sign for a package? Less than 30 seconds. That would certainly be considered “a few seconds” by most reasonable people. I’m not making excuses for anybody, but some of you are certainly making stuff up. And you’re morons if you really think CPS is going to take somebody’s child for an accident that didn’t even result in harm to the baby.

The Mamba March 3, 2014 at 7:43 AM

One month old baby at home and cannot for the life of me understand how you could ever walk away from a baby in the bath for any reason. Thank goodness the baby is ok.

So, How did this story get to Claycord..?? March 3, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Most likely the parents called 911, the Child must have been in distress. There will be an investigation. If the parents are irresponsible they will get on CPS watch list.

Vicky March 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Dr. Spock, CPS will not automatically take the child. They will open a case. There’s a difference.

CPS will open a case for child neglect or abuse. Leaving a baby unattended in the bathtub for even 1 second is child neglect.

I don’t know if you’re young, or you don’t have children. Perhaps you’ve left your baby in the bathtub unattended yourself. If so, you shouldn’t

Maybe you know the family or you’re the parent in this case. It doesn’t matter.

Leaving a baby unattended in the bathtub for even 1 second is child neglect, and child neglect is against the law.

If child neglect isn’t a felony, it should be. I believe the family called 911, and rightfully so.

You’re trying to convince people that it’s ok to leave a baby in the tub by itself, as long as it’s just a few seconds. It’s not ok. The baby might not be alive when you get back.

marge March 3, 2014 at 9:56 AM

eyewhen sounds like the daddy here…..see #19 and #39….what does being brown have to do with anything? it’s all about the baby.

Dr. Spock March 3, 2014 at 10:41 AM

First of all, I am a grandfather. Second, I am not trying to convince anybody that it’s ok to leave a baby alone for a second. To the contrary, I’m saying it only takes a second for a baby to go underwater. Others are saying the parent(s) must be lying and actually walked away for much longer.

And my remarks about CPS were in response to those saying they should take the baby away.

Cowellian March 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Whenever I planned to leave my kids unattended in the bath, I just added jello to the water, and it kept them in place.

Nobody puts baby in a bathtub!!! March 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

These parents are stupid. no, actually beyond stupid…like country redneck DUMB. You watch your children all the time, and especially when washing them. i mean come on…i am not even a parent and i know that.

I wonder what other activities these negligent morons let their infant child engage in…how about operating the oven and letting them go for a swim in the backyard pool on their own?

@48 March 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Let me guess, you put your kids in the washing machine.

Cowellian March 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I’ve seen 11-month-old babies swimming before they could walk.

Sabrina March 3, 2014 at 12:04 PM

@ Dr. Spock–46

I believe you’re a grandfather. Younger people don’t know who Dr. Spock is, nor do they care. You don’t have to explain Dr. Spock to me. I’m well aware of the man.

That being said, you need to understand how you’re coming across on a thread where the baby could have died. It looks like you’re defending the parents. Do you realize how foolish that is?

Do be perfectly honest with you, you can type anything you want. It’s at the discretion of the Mayor.

You need to realize that everybody already knows it only takes a second. You also need to realize that younger people may be reading. A lot of them. Have you ever heard of setting a good example for the younger generation? The heck with the parents. This is all about the baby.

I don’t think you’re stupid. I think you’re naïve. I have no idea how long the parents walked away. It doesn’t matter. The parents could be telling the truth, or they could be lying. What difference does it make?

You need to realize this is a very emotional issue for women. Men do not give birth, nor are they responsible for most of the child rearing. It’s getting better.

Women, whether they are Mom’s, Grandmother’s, or they don’t have children will be extremely upset about this. Why am I having to explain this to you?

This couple should not have their baby taken away if this is a first. They need parenting classes, and it’s up to CPS as to how it’s handled legally. Or the police. I’m not familiar with CPS, which is a good thing.

Your example of signing for a package doesn’t make any sense. If this is a two parent household, (which it sounds like it is), one watches the baby, and the other walks away. Two people at the door will only irritate UPS or Fed Ex.

How you ever made it to your age is beyond me. Whatever.

Dr. Spock March 3, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I give up. You obviously can’t read. Or you’re reading from the bottom up. Somebody asked when do parents ever walk away for just a few seconds. I gave the package thing as an example. Another example might be that they forgot a towel and went to grab one. Once again, I AM NOT DEFENDING ANYBODY! I am merely giving real-life examples of when somebody might walk away FOR A FEW SECONDS and something bad can happen. I’m saying that the baby DOES NOT need to be unattended for a long time to accidentally drown. Is it clear now? I just get tired of the “There must be more to this story” crowd.

Do you really think that in a two-parent household, both parents are present all the time? You think there’s never a time when one parent has to take care of the children? And you call ME naive?

Kevin March 3, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Hey Dr. Spock, you don’t get it. Quit while you’re behind. The more you type, the worse it gets. If Vicky and Sabrina can’t get through to you, no one can. You’re beating a dead horse. If you forgot the damn towel, and you’re home alone, pick the baby up wet, and dry the baby off and throw your wet shirt in the wash! It’s better than a DEAD BABY, WHICH HAPPENS ALL THE TIME WHEN PARENTS LEAVE THEIR CHILDREN IN THE BATH TUB ALONE. GOOGLE IT, AND SEE HOW OFTEN IT HAPPENS. STUPID PEOPLE LIKE THIS COUPLE. Do I think they walked away longer than a few seconds? I have no idea. But if it’s a yes or no question, the answer is PROBABLY. You started off with “I’m glad there are so many perfect parents in Claycord.” 99.9 percent of parents WOULD NEVER LEAVE A BABY ALONE IN THE TUB. You’re not only naïve, you are stupid. Anybody that would make a statement like that is BEYOND STUPID. YOU DESERVE THIS BEATING!

Kevin March 3, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I forgot the most important point. Thank goodness the baby is okay.

The sad thing about naïve people is they’re too naïve to realize how naïve they are. Very, very frustrating. My bad for letting them get to me.

Pete March 3, 2014 at 4:38 PM

You really need a license to be a Parent!!!!!!!
Blithering idiots reproduce every 15 seconds

Dr. Spock March 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Add yourself to the list of people for whom reading comprehension is a foreign concept.


From now on, I’ll try to stick to sentences with three words or less, to accommodate your limited intellect.

Nobody puts baby in a bathtub!!! March 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

First off, if you actually read my comment you would realize that I specifically stated I DO NOT have kids. Read next time.

And furthermore, if I did have kids, I would not put them into a washing machine. (duh)

I agree with post #55 March 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

These parents make Casey Anthony look like the world’s best mother.

I would pass out free condoms if I could…

Truth March 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I am guessing Dr Spock is not an smart as the real Spock.

Puddintain March 3, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Dr. Spock, don’t sweat it. You’ve been targeted by the Claycord attack troll. BTW I did read all the comments, and might have missed it, but I didn’t see where anyone said CPS would take the kid away. They open a case, & “investigate”. It’s the law.

Happily Un-married, no Kids March 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Most people need to understand that parenting is a full time job, as most of my coworkers point out…and I can see why.

I certainly believe that the statistics Dave mentioned in post #13 point out what the real problem is…most people that have children, regret that decision once their children are born. This is not like going to retail store – you cant just get a refund for your kids, just because you dont want to deal with the responsibilities.

There is probably something much more sinister going on with these parents..other than just simple “negligence” for their child’s safety. Sick world we live in, but true.

Dr. Spock March 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Post #3 at least implied that CPS would or should take the child away. But you are correct that nobody really came right out and said it.

The posts I really take issue with are the ones that imply the parents are lying because this could not possibly have happened in a few seconds (posts 11, 15, 28, 35, and any others I may have missed).

@Truth March 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Uh, the real Dr. Spock has been dead for almost 16 years.

Alisa March 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Hey Spock, you frickin moron. You and Kevin are not saying the same thing. Kevin said pick the baby up wet, and then go grab a towel, not go get a towel and leave the frickin baby in the bathtub. You can pick up a wet baby if you forgot the towel. It’s better than killing the kid!

I don’t have any kids. I’m 19! But I babysat (hated it). Never had to give a baby a bath. They probably did that before I got there. I’m beginning to wonder if you grew up in the 60’s ad your brain is destroyed from drugs.

Nobody is on your side. You are not dealing with a full deck. My guess would be mental health issues. Get some help.

Cowellian March 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Same scenario, different day:
The first member of the Gang with only one brain shows up to pick today’s target, then the rest of them come around to join the attack. If it plays out like it usually does, they’ll recruit a new member whose very first post on Claycord will be an attack on today’s target, or me.

Dr. Spock March 3, 2014 at 6:11 PM

JFC, you dumbass. Where did I say it’s ok to leave the baby while you go get a towel? Seriously, show it to me. I don’t know where you went to school, but if you graduated, you were ripped off. You should return your diploma and demand a real education.

Cowellian March 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

My word! We have a 19-year-old online mental health professional in our midst. ObamaCare at its finest!

Ralph March 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM

The troll with several names is going at you here, Dr. Spock. It seems to enjoy cyber-bullying. If you ignore it, it goes away.

Nicole March 3, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Dr. Spock, my question to you is, why would you care how long the parents walked away? That’s not the issue. Your focus is skewed.

The issue is leaving a baby by itself in the tub. You just don’t do that—–period.

If you’re the grandfather of this baby, then just say so. If that’s the case, you’re arguing emotionally, not logically.

If you’re not related to the family, or you don’t them personally, as a parent and grandparent, you should be just as appalled as the rest of us.

I don’t know if the parents are lying or telling the truth. There’s a 50/50 chance of either. But it doesn’t matter.

What matters is you never leave a baby by itself. If the doorbell rings, let it ring. If the phone rings, let it ring. If you forgot the towel, pick up the baby wet, and dry off the baby after you’ve gotten the towel, and the baby is safe.

Parents do this all the time. Anybody who does this is stupid, and shouldn’t be a parent.

As far as people who assume the parents are lying, it takes more than a few seconds to do anything. Can you make it out of the bathroom in a few seconds, yet alone return? Do I think the parents are lying? I don’t know and I don’t care.

All I care about is the baby. Thankfully, the baby is safe.

@Cowellian March 3, 2014 at 6:46 PM

It’s turning into a not very nice place to visit. I don’t come here nearly as often as I used to, and I’m about a troll away from never coming back at all.

Yes, I know. Don’t let the door hit me in the ass, nobody will miss me, whatever.

Nicole March 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Cowellian, I’m with MS-13. I was recruited as a good looking white woman for “cosmetic purposes.”

They didn’t ask if I was happily married, nor did I tell them. I left my wedding ring at home when I was “jumped in.”

Did I mention I went to private school? I guess I wouldn’t make a very good gang member after all.

BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT! (I can’t believe I just typed that….lol).

No more going to the movies for me…..

Thanks for thinking of me.

Cowellian March 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Stick around and don’t let them get to you. Claycord needs more contributors and fewer trolls.

Mrs. T March 3, 2014 at 8:31 PM

#48 don’t bring country folk into this. You sound so ignorant. I’m a country gal and NOT stupid at all. You don’t have kids? Good do the world a favor and never have any. TROLL

@73 aka loser-ville March 3, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Dear Mrs. T (for )Troll – country folk are ignorant…look at all those dumbass rednecks with their guns and religion. STUPID, STUPID, STUPID. all them country folks do is eat fried food and watch football. oh yeah – and hate black people like obama…

and you are the troll who started lashing insults at me for what? saying that dumb people who leave their kids in bath tubs are stupid??? f-off country girl

perhaps one day i will indeed have children, who knows. but i certainly will make sure my kids don’t enroll in the same school as where you send your offspring. now please go back to watching your duck dynast re-runs.

WC anti-social resident March 3, 2014 at 9:43 PM

The Claycord trollish community is the reason I really do not care for associating with my neighbors. Scary to even think about making conversation with these poor fools, in person.

The 19 year old named Alisa should just be quiet March 3, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Who the hell appointed some 19 year old who shops at Macy’s all day as the spoke person for all of Claycord??? She has not lived enough to be picking on other people who have lived a complete life.

Alisa, first, go back to school and then maybe get a job. Then after about 20 years + marriage + children you can speak with some degree of authority of the issue of handling kids in the bath tub.

I agree with Cowellian. The same Claycord troll showed up and broke wind. Then everyone followed him/her/it and inhaled as if it was some great wisdom.

Steve March 3, 2014 at 10:52 PM

@ WC anti-social resident-75

Get to know your neighbors. It’s a win/win situation. This is a blog. People take it way too seriously. Something tells me there’s a lot of young people on line, including kids. Lighten up.

If the comments get to you, just read the news stories, and very few if any comments.

I don’t know what the criteria is for posted comments, but something tells me as long as it doesn’t rub the Mayor the wrong way, it’s posted. And that’s the way it should be.

eyewhen March 3, 2014 at 11:16 PM

@ 74,

If that’s Country, call me Country!!! Oh and BTW Y’all, tonight when I gave my infant baby a bath I purposely left the towel out of arms reach… I’ll let you decide if I picked her up wet first or left her unattended to make the grab…

puddintain March 4, 2014 at 6:02 AM

It’s very obvious here that this thread’s been hijacked by ONE troll. It’s EASILY recognizable, although it uses several different names & phrases to identify itself. This troll attacks & bullys legitamate posters, and bolsters it’s own posts by appearing to gang up with itself. Myself and others have seen it in action here before. It’s true age is hard to determine, it’s emotional age is adolescent. It thrives on upsetting legit posters with it’s attacks & insults. Stick around folks, you’ll soon know it too. It’s posts are easily ignored. I’ve seen that happen also, and if it can’t stir up trouble it goes away.

puddintain March 4, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Oh, and if you upset it, it replies with STFU!

Cowellian March 4, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Ooh, the tolerance is just oozing from post #74.

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