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A 13-month baby drowned when he was left in the bathtub unattended by his mother who was too busy playing Facebook games.  On Friday, April 15th, the mother, 34-year-old Shannon Johnson from Fort Lupton, Colorado, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for child neglect in the death of her son.  The charges left open the possibility of a lighter sentence, including no prison time, but authorities said that they were not going to allow for a minimum sentence as they did not want to minimize the seriousness of the situation.

But this baby drowning was unfortunate and could have been avoided.  According to Yahoo News, Shannon Johnson left her 13-month old son alone in the bathtub on a regular basis saying that the boy wanted to be left alone and that she didn't want to make him a mama's boy.  It was also discovered that this young boy had experienced seizures and was on medication for them.  Given his age, and seizure history, this child should have never been left alone in a bath tub. A baby drowns in very little water, and leaving them alone in a tub, even with just an inch of so of water is an accident waiting to happen.

User Image - Blocked by "Display Image" Settings. Click to show.Unfortunately, while this incidence of a mother playing Facebook games and her baby drowning shocks us, it is a behavior that is becoming more and more frequent.  While we think of kids becoming addicted to video games, it is becoming more and more common to find parents obsessed with their Farmville farm or another game and leaving their children to fend for themselves.  It has become such a problem that there are even names for the problem.  According to Urban Dictionary, terms like Facebook Forgotten (when a parent forgets to pick up a child because they are too obsessed with Facebook) or Facebook Orphan (a child who is neglected by a parent Facebook obsessed) have been created.

While a baby drowning is not uncommon and is usually a tragic accident, the idea that a mother could put her child under intentional risk to play a game is just unacceptable.  This society needs to remember what is really important and Facebook games should not be a priority over a child's life.