Mom charged with murder after baby drowned in tub while she had 'me time'

11-month-old Aiden Leonardo died from injuries after drowning in the bathtub. (David Brandon Dillingham)
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KNOXVILLE (WTHR) — An 11-month-old Tennessee boy left in a bathtub without supervision has died and his mother is facing charges of murder and abuse after telling authorities she left the child to have some "me time."

Lindsee Leonardo, 33, is facing charges for murder and child abuse after her 11-month-old son drowned in the bathtub while she had "me time." (Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Lindsee Leonardo, 33, is facing charges for murder and child abuse after her 11-month-old son drowned in the bathtub while she had "me time." (Knox County Sheriff's Office)

A hospital spokeswoman said the boy, named Aiden, died Friday morning. An arrest warrant said 32-year-old Lindsee Leonardo told police she left the boy and a 23-month-old sibling in the tub Wednesday so she could smoke a cigarette and have some "me time."

She told police she was away for about 10 minutes and returned to find the child floating on his back and not breathing. The toddler wasn't injured.

Leonardo is in the Knox County Jail being held on a $250,000 bond for the murder charge and $100,000 for the abuse charge.

WBIR reports Leonardo told police she put the kids in the bath with 4 to 6 inches of water before walking away. When she got back, the toddler had turned the water back on and it had filled to the top, and Aiden was floating on his back.

She took the baby to her bed, then called 911, and the dispatcher walked her through CPR until first responders got there. The baby regained a heartbeat during transport to the hospital, but ultimately died of his injuries.

Aiden's father, David Brandon Dillingham, said he doesn't want to see Leonardo in jail, despite the issues he's had with her in the past.

"It was just an accident," Dillingham told WBIR. "She just made a bad judgment call, even thought it was the wrong time, but she's a great mother and does anything and everything for our babies."

Dillingham no longer lives with Leonardo and said grandparents are taking care of the older sibling.

As the investigation continues, he had a message for all parents: "Please watch your children very closely. Every second counts. And you can't take anything for granted."

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