Teenage mom charged in death of son

BELLFLOWER, Mo. (AP) — A 19-year-old Missouri woman is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 1-year-old son, who was found with blisters on much of his body.

Sara Swarringim of Bellflower has been jailed since her arrest on Jan. 27.

A probable cause statement says Swarringim told a sheriff’s deputy that she left the boy in a bathtub for five to 10 minutes while she tended to another child. She said when she returned, she found the boy unresponsive and not breathing.

The statement says the deputy found at least 10 incidents were Swarringim was reported to state officials for alleged mistreatment of her children.

She remains in Montgomery County jail on $100,000 bond. An attorney status hearing is set for Feb. 24.


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