Parents arrested after baby nearly drowns in motel bathtub

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Summer Dawn Angelly, 23, and Jasen Anchondo, 28, were each charged with one felony count of child abuse. By Catherine Holland Summer Dawn Angelly, 23, and Jasen Anchondo, 28, were each charged with one felony count of child abuse. By Catherine Holland
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TEMPE, Ariz. – Tempe police detectives arrested a couple on child abuse charges after their 11-month-old son nearly drowned in a motel bathtub.

A Maricopa County Grand Jury has indicted Summer Dawn Angelly, 23, and Jasen Anchondo, 28. They were each charged with one felony count of child abuse.

On Aug. 5, Tempe police officers and firefighters were called to the Days Inn near Apache Boulevard and Rural Road and performed life-saving measures on the baby after his sister found him lying in the tub under the running faucet.

The boy was transported to a local hospital and has since been released. It appears he will make a full recovery.

Police said Angelly ran to the motel office screaming and the manager went to the room with a cell phone. Although the father stated that the child was "OK," the manager noted that the child did not appear to be breathing. She called 911 and took CPR direction over the phone.

Police said during questioning, Angelly and Anchondo changed their description of events and Angelly admitted to lying about what transpired.

According to police, the infant had soiled his diaper and they put him in the tub because there were no more clean diapers. The water was left running and the baby was left alone. Both parents reportedly admitted to being aware that their son was in the tub unsupervised.

Both Angelly and Anchondo were asleep in bed when the boy's 4-year-old sister awakened them, saying that her little brother was "asleep in the tub."

Police called in Child Protective Services and the boy's sister, 2-year-old brother and twin 11-month-old brother have been in the agency's care since the incident.

The parents and four children moved to Tempe from California approximately eight weeks ago and had been staying with a family member prior to moving into the motel, according to police.