The Florida mother, 28, is accused of manslaughter in the drowning death of her nine-year-old son & # 39; after she was robed in a creek with the boy on her back while she was drunk and high on marijuana & # 39;
- Tabatha Long, 28, was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated manslaughter
- Long's nine-year-old son, Bentley, drowned in Bullfrog Creek in Gibsonton, Florida, after slipping from his mother on July 31
- Officials say that Long was drunk and high marijuana when she waded her deep, fast-flowing creek on her back with her son, who could not swim
- He allegedly lied that Bentley had walked into the water without her permission and that he could swim somewhat
Tabatha Long, 28, was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated manslaughter in the July 31 who drowned the death of her nine-year-old son
A two-year-old mother from Florida has been charged with drowning her nine-year-old son after the police said she was carrying the boy who could not swim in a creek while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.
Tabatha Long, 28, was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated manslaughter, nearly two months after her son's body, Bentley Long, was recovered from Bullfrog Creek in Gibsonton.
Sheriff Chad Chronister of Hillsborough County mentioned the facts of this case & # 39; terrible & # 39; during a press conference that announced the arrest of Long.
According to Chronister, an eight-week study found that Long had a blood alcohol level of 0.07, which is just below the driving limit, and marijuana in her system on July 31 when she put Bentley on her back and into the deep wading waters of the creek.
Bentley, who didn't know how to swim, fell off his mother's back and drowned.
& # 39; This mother, someone who should have the greatest care and responsibility for her child, essentially had a complete disdain for his well-being & # 39 ;, Chronister told reporters. & # 39; She chose to drink and get high because of the safety of her child. & # 39;
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Bentley Long (left) drowned in Bullfrog Creek in Gibsonton, Florida, after slipping his mother's back
It took 30 minutes for divers to find Bentley's body in the deep and fast-flowing waters
On the day of the drowning, Long told delegates that she and her brother had gone swimming and left her son on the land, but the boy walked into the water without her permission.
She also claimed that Bentley knew how to swim but was not very good at it. Researchers later found that the primary school could not swim at all.
The sheriff said that both statements of Long & # 39; made up & # 39; goods.
According to Chronister, Long was familiar with the creek and was aware that the waters were deep, the currents fast and the soil muddy and hard to walk on, but the 5-foot-4, 130-pound woman still made the decision to put her son on her back.
& # 39; She never realized he fell off, & # 39; said Chronister. "It was a deadly choice. A choice she made. & # 39;
Police say toxicological tests showed that Long had blood alcohol levels of 0.07 and had marijuana in her system. The woman would not have realized at first that her son was falling
Bentley's uncle saw the child fall and tried to save him, but to no avail.
It took divers who had been called up for 30 minutes to find the child's body. Bentley was declared dead in a nearby hospital.
Asked why delegates took two months to tax Long, Chronister explained that he had waited until the toxicological tests were completed.
Other evidence in the case included witness reports that contradict Long & # 39; s version of events, according to the sheriff.
"This child will miss every memory that life has to offer," a visibly irritated Chronister told reporters. "He will never grow up to achieve his dreams, whatever they have been. All this was taken away from him by the decision that his mother made that day: to party to protect her child. & # 39;
Lang was released on Thursday afternoon after placing a $ 15,000 deposit.
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