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Teen mum faces murder and child cruelty charges

Teen mum faces murder and child cruelty charges

A teenager in the US has been charged with murder and child cruelty after falling asleep in the bath with her 10-month-old son resting on her chest.

Anslie Nicole Brantly, 19, was under the influence of drugs when she fell asleep in the bath of her parents’ home in Coweta County, Georgia, police said.

The child was found not breathing and cold to the touch, according to Investigator Daniel Smith from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

“The baby was in the bathtub with her and was unresponsive when she woke up,” the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Draiden Shane Nichol was taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.

The little boy was later pronounced dead.

Brantley has since been charged with second-degree murder and taken into custody.

While executing a search warrant at the home where the child died - which is owned by Brantley’s mother, Kelli Gordon - authorities also found methamphetamine according to the Newnan Times-Herald.

Gordon was arrested for charges relating to possession of narcotics and remains in the Coweta County Jail on charges unrelated to the child’s death and drug cases.

Five of Gordon’s other children have been placed in the custody of welfare officials.

Image: Coweta County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook