Paradise Valley woman found guilty in son's drowning

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A Paradise Valley woman was found guilty Wednesday in the 2009 drowning death of her 4-year-old mentally disabled son.

Nadia Bashir, 45, was found guilty of negligent homicide and child abuse following a nine day trial and less than a day of deliberations.

“I commend the hard work of our dedicated prosecutors and law enforcement partners in bringing this difficult case to a just outcome,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said.

Paradise Valley Police and Phoenix Fire Departments responded to Bashir’s home on August 23, 2009 after Bashir’s son, Asher, fell into the pool. Asher was taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he died three days later.

Bashir told authorities that she had left Asher sitting alone by the pool while she went upstairs to help her older son. She returned to the pool 15 minutes later and saw Asher floating in the water.

Investigators said Bashir did not have a clear explanation as to why she left her son sitting by the pool when she knew he couldn’t swim.

On April 21, 2010, the Grand Jurors of Maricopa County charged Bashir with negligent homicide and child abuse.

Bashir is now facing a sentence ranging from probation to almost four years in prison. She’s scheduled to be sentenced on June 29.