This is so sad. A three-year-old girl is dead after her mom’s negligent friend was too busy playing on Facebook to notice she had slipped into the pool, where she drowned.
A 3-year-old girl drowned a few feet from the Dallas woman who was supposed to watch her — while she allegedly browsed Facebook.
Kariasa Thomas, 37, was charged with reckless injury to a child Wednesday, authorities said.
The tragedy occurred at Thomas’ apartment complex pool where she and her legally blind husband brought her daughter, 16, and four of her friend’s children, ages 3, 5, 6 and 7.
Thomas only let the toddler, Kanyce Giddings, stand on the steps leading into the water because the girl did not know how to swim, according to the arrest affidavit.
Despite this inability, Kanyce was not equipped with a flotation aid or any other type of safety gear, The Dallas Morning News reported.
While lounging poolside, Thomas logged onto Facebook with her phone for about 15 minutes and played with her dog — never looking up to check on the children in the water, police said.
A complex security guard, who is also a Dallas police officer, told Thomas that the pool was closed. But when she called out to the children, Giddings did not respond.
Thomas borrowed the guard’s flashlight to look for the child. She accidentally kicked her upon stepping in the pool, the affidavit said.
The security performed CPR while a bystander called 911. The girl was pronounced dead at Methodist Charlton Medical Center that night, according to local station WFAA.
It took police until last Saturday to book Thomas.
“That was just the investigative process. We never want to rush anything,” Sgt. Warren Mitchell told the Daily News. “We want to look into every case as thoroughly as we can.”
Her bond was set at $25,000.
SMH @ her accidentally kicking the little girl! R.I.P. to that precious baby. Y’all please stop letting your ain’t isht friends watch your kids!!!!