Mother to be charged with manslaughter for baby's drowning
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- The Benton County Prosecutor's Office has decided to charge a Benton City mother with 2nd degree manslaughter for the death of her 1-year-old daughter.
Back in November, investigators say Wendi Finkbeiner-Setzer left her baby in the bathtub while she worked on the computer.
Court documents obtained by Action News reveal that the woman's 18-year-old son came home, checked on the girls in the tub and found the baby face-down.
The tub had filled with 10-12 inches of water, according to the documents. Officials suspect the 2-year-old, who was also in the tub, may have turned on the faucet.
"Police noted that water had apparently overflowed from the bathtub because the floor of the bathroom was wet, throw rugs in the bathroom were sopping wet and clothing by the tub was wet," according to the documents.
Finkbeiner-Setzer told investigators she had not been out of the bathroom for more than five minutes.
1-year-old Piper Finkbeiner was determined braindead and taken off life support one week later at Seattle's Children's Hospital.
Here's the full news release from the Benton County Sheriff's Office: