Slidell woman arrested after baby found face-down in bathtub

11-month old now in good condition

Chris Miller
October 11, 2018 - 3:36 pm

A Slidell woman faces charges after police say she left her 11-month-old son unattended in a running bathtub.

"Nancy Goodale was arrested Wednesday (Oct. 10) after it was discovered she was under the influence and impaired, when she left her 11-month-old son in a bathtub with the water running, during the early morning hours of Oct. 1," police said in a news release. "Goodale told responding deputies she was bathing the baby in an upstairs bathroom at approximately 2 a.m. when she went downstairs to retrieve clothing. She said the child was face-down in the water when she returned minutes later."

Police say the woman's boyfriend called 911 and immediately started CPR, reviving the child. Paramedics responding to the scene took the baby to an area hospital.

"Medical staff determined the child had also sustained non-accidental injuries consistent with child neglect.  The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was immediately notified and took custody of the child, upon his release from the hospital," police said. "The child was noted to be in good condition."

Goodale was booked on one count of second degree cruelty to a juvenile. 

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