‘I left him for 5 minutes’: Mother charged after 1-year-old left alone in bathtub dies


MATHEWS COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A 1-year-old boy died at the hospital on Thursday after authorities say he was left alone in a bathtub in Mathews County.

At 12:20 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, a 911 call went to Gloucester County authorities. According to court paperwork, an unresponsive one year old had been scalded in the bathtub at a home on John Clayton Memorial Highway, and when the mother returned the child’s head was reportedly face down in the water.

Miranda Dawn Gilbert. Photo courtesy: Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center

The child was taken to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, and died shortly after arriving. On Friday, 10 On Your Side visited the mobile home, where the mother lived with two children.

“I wish people would leave me alone. I wish people were considerate and not in my face right now. I left him for five minutes,” the child’s mother, Miranda Dawn Gilbert, told 10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox. “You know what, get out of my face.”

Mathews County Social Services were contacted to investigate the case, alongside the Sheriff’s Office.

Gilbert was arrested Saturday and charged with felony homicide with child abuse and neglect and three counts of felony child abuse and neglect. She is being held at Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center without bond.

The Office of Richmond’s Chief Medical Examiner will be performing an autopsy.

“She left a child in the bathtub in scaling hot water; I can’t imagine; it is hard to fathom that,” said neighbor Patricia Griffin.

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