Shannon Johnson affidavit: She was playing Cafe World on Facebook as 1-year-old son drowned

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Shannon Johnson, 34, is due in court this morning in a case that's both incredibly tragic and a sign of the times.

In an arrest affidavit on view below in its entirety, Johnson tells police that she was fooling around on Facebook while her one-year-old child was drowning in a bathtub.

The incident took place in September. Johnson's arrest on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death was reportedly delayed while authorities in Fort Lupton waited for autopsy results. Examiners cited in the affidavit established the child's cause of death as "Anoxic brain injury, cardiac arrest and drowning."

According to the affidavit, Johnson told investigators that she fed the child, then put him in a bath between 8:35 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. She admitted that the "water level may have been a little higher than usual." Then she headed to her computer and played a game called Cafe World, checked a friend's status and shared some videos.

Johnson claimed that she could hear the child playing in the tub for about ten minutes -- but then three minutes of silence went by. At that point, she checked on the boy and found him "sideways with his face in the water."

When a detective asked her why she'd left the child alone in the bathtub, she admitted that it was "so stupid." But she "didn't want him to be known as a mama's boy."

No danger of that now.

Look below to see a larger version of Johnson's booking photo and the arrest affidavit.


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Daveandmarygra
Daveandmarygra

It is a sad day when there are so many critics on the computer. yes she is an unstable woman but a person none the less. I see everyday the problems associated with parents that shouldn't be. Where is the father and if she was having problems with the caring demands of an infant why wasnt a support group in place? I had a FAMILY to help me every second I needed one and thank God I did. Thats the sad thing the child cant talk and say mommy is having trouble taking care of me- and mommy cant say I am having trouble. since where is the support any how.

windyspirit
windyspirit

No one year old child should ever be left alone under ANY circumstances!!

Jlehman92
Jlehman92

Since when do 1 year olds bathe themselves? Some parent you WERE.

Singe
Singe

If only there was a facebook game that teaches you how to properly raise a child.

Me
Me

The world is now a better place that your genes aren't continuing on...

Frederick Dallmeyer
Frederick Dallmeyer

When a detective asked her why she'd left the child alone in the bathtub, she admitted that it was "so stupid." But she "didn't want him to be known as a mama's boy."

No danger of that now.

Wow, Michael Roberts! That was hardly called for. That was a very callous statement, sir.

Username
Username

Well it's not entirely her fault guys, you see i have a similar story, when i was 7 i had a pet rabbit and i let my sister take care of it, i went to go play some video games, and when i turn around my bunny is lying lifeless on a sit-and-spin. True Story, but the age isn't what matters, it's the fact that people are so damn wrapped up in all the crap going on around us.

Nerys
Nerys

its called a mistake. it has nothing to do with facebook. the headline could easily have been I answered the door came back he was drowned. I went to cook dinner came back he was drowned. heard the dog scratching went to let him in came back he was drowned.

the issue here is not staying with the child at a critical time (in a tub of water) NOT facebook or the comptuer.

Saucer
Saucer

Mommas boy? How about, HES DEAD!. Friggin redneck americans.

Ryan Graham
Ryan Graham

Wait, anon, are you implying that marijuana is dangerous?

drall
drall

Drown her in a bath tub.

anon
anon

Facebook: more dangerous than marijuana.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Frederick, those are indeed callous statements -- and quoted directly from the police report on view in this post. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Noneya
Noneya

no.. the issue is, the woman was an irresponsible, daft, and utterly moronic woman. Children should not be left alone in the tub before the age of 3-4 depending on their level of development. Even then, they should be check on every few minutes just to make sure everything is fine. Worried about a child being a Mama's boy? Piss the frak off and choke on your own tongue. I Would rather a Living Mama's Boy than a dead child. All it takes is less than 2 minutes of Oxygen Deprivation to the brain for brain damage to occur. Congratulations EPIC FRAKKING FAIL, you are a FAILURE as a mother, and a human being and I hope you have nightmares for the rest of your life over this. Do the gene pool a favor and remove yourself from it.

anon
anon

I think he means "No danger of that now." is a callous statement. I don't see this line on the police report.

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