The Chicago Tribune reports that a mother tried to drown her 3-year-old son after posting that he had died. Celeste T. Christian, 21, posted on Facebook that her son had died, then tried to drown him in a bathtub days later. She is being held without bail on attempted murder charges. Her son is in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
The boy suffered from asphyxiation and water in his lungs, as someone had held him underwater.
The father of the boy took him to Christian’s home about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night. The boy had wet his pants, so Christian took him inside to bathe him. She told police she left him alone in the bathtub for 5 to 10 minutes while she checked on her 2-year-old daughter.
She heard some splashing and went to the bathroom to find her son limp in the water, according to her statement to police. She said his nose and mouth were foaming and his legs were stiff. She did not know CPR and called 911.
A doctor at the hospital told police that they received a call an hour earlier from Gift of Hope, an organ and tissue donor organization, asking whether the boy had arrived yet.
Reps from the organization would not say who had called them about harvesting the boy’s organs. They did say that the normal procedure is to have the hospital contact them directly, not the family.
The boy’s father told police Christian had posted on social media about the boy dying days earlier, and wanting to make plans for the funeral. His sister had screenshots of the posts to show police, and Christian was arrested.
The case is also being investigated by state child welfare officials.
*Photo credit Chicago Police Department