10-week-old Julia Duda allegedly drowned in the bathtub after her mother left her unattended to get a cup of coffee. Photo via SXC Photo user fx2003
Welfare officials are investigating the apparent drowning death of a 10-week-old baby girl after she had been left unattended in the bathtub by her mother on Wednesday.
According to reports, Julia Duda’s mother allegedly left her alone for several minutes so that she could get a cup of coffee and when she returned found the baby unresponsive and called 911 at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Responders arrived at the home in the 2800 block of North Nagle Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, and took Julia to Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center, where she died at 10:39 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.
Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said the cause of death was an apparent drowning, but an autopsy performed on Thursday was inconclusive with the results pending a police investigation.
Julia’s father, Stanley Duda, said that his wife had been suffering from depression.
“It’s a tragedy beyond words,” Stanley said. “I’m just speechless. When someone brings this up, I just can’t talk.”
Stanley said that his wife was in police custody Thursday night and a wake was scheduled for Julia on Friday.
According to Jimmie Whitelow, agency spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the baby’s mother is facing allegations of neglect. He said that the agency had no contact previously with the family, but that another child that had been in the home was removed and is in the care of other family members.
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