Mom Jailed For Checking Facebook While Her 2-Year-Old Son Drowned

Claire Barnett, a 31-year-old mom from East Yorkshire, England, was sent to jail this weekend 14 months after her 2-year-old son Joshua drowned in a pond. According to the BBC, the court reported Barnett was on Facebook and talking to her boyfriend while Joshua was drowning.

Barnett pleaded guilty to four charges of child neglect and will be in jail for the next five years. Police originally heard different stories from Barnett about what she’d been doing while Joshua was in the pond, but investigators confirmed from the time stamps on her phone she’d uploaded two photos to Facebook and taken a call from her boyfriend when Joshua was drowning.

The Yorkshire Post reports Barnett’s family allegedly warned her about the dangers of having an uncovered pond in her yard with such a young child, but Barnett never covered it.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children contacted Barnett in 2013 when neighbors saw Joshua almost get hit by a car because Barnett let him play in the streets. The Yorkshire Post also reports Judge Jeremy Richardson called Barnett an “awful parent” in court and said she posed “very serious risks to any child to whom [she] might have responsibility.”

According to The Guardian, Barnett dragged Joshua out of the water when she noticed him drowning, attempted to resuscitate him, and called the police for help, but Joshua died in the hospital later that day. He was days away from his third birthday.


Charlie Hebdo May Face Legal Action For Mocking Drowned Syrian Boy

The controversial French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo may face legal action for inciting hate crimes after publishing cartoons about drowned Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi in its latest issue.

The first cartoon shows a clown and what appears to be the toddler with a sign: “Welcome immigrants, so close to his goal. Promotion: Two children for the price of one.”

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Moroccans Pay Tribute To Drowned Syrian Toddler By Recreating Scene (PHOTOS)

Dozens of Moroccans lay on a beach in Rabat, Morocco, on Monday, to pay tribute to Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, who was found dead on a Turkish beach last week.

Dressed in red and blue, around 30 people re-created the heart-wrenching scene when Aylan was photographed lying face down in the sand, triggering an international outcry over the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi drowned in an ill-fated journey to Greece while fleeing the Syrian war with his family.

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Story Behind The Drowned Syrian Boy (MUST READ)

A Syrian family that met a tragic end while attempting to flee their war-torn country has come to symbolize the larger refugee crisis.

Abdullah Kurdi, 40, is now mourning the deaths of his wife, Rehan, 27, and their two sons, Aylan and Galip, whom he lost during an ill-fated trip to the Greek island of Kos.

Tragic pictures of 3-year-old Aylan’s lifeless body, which washed ashore a beach in the Turkish city of Bodrum, went viral Wednesday, along with the hashtag “#KiyiyaVuranInsanlik,” or “humanity washed ashore.”

The distraught father, holding back emotion, described what happened on their journey aboard a 15-foot boat in a telephone interview with The New York Times on Thursday.

“The waves were high, the boat started swaying and shaking. We were terrified,” he told the paper. “I rushed to my kids and wife while the boat was flipping upside down. And in a second we were all drowning in the water.”

Kurdi described searching for his children in the rough water while his wife clung to the boat that had been overturned by 5-foot waves.

“I started pushing them up to the surface so they could breathe,” Kurdi said. “I had to shift from one to another. I think we were in the water for three hours trying to survive.”

The Hurriyet newspaper obtained a statement Kurdi gave to police, in which he said, “I was holding my wife’s hand. My children slipped away from my hands. We tried to hold on to the boat. … Everyone was screaming in pitch darkness. I couldn’t make my voice heard to my wife and kids.”

Kurdi told the Associated Press that the ship’s captain panicked and abandoned the ship just four minutes into the trip.

He said the only thing he wants to do now is sit by the graves of his wife and sons.

“My kids were the most beautiful children in the world, wonderful,” he told the wire service. “They wake me up every morning to play with them. They are all gone now.”

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