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Detroit mom charged in bathtub drowning of baby daughter

August 29, 2019
Jaila Thomas, 22, of Detroit, appears on a monitor during a videoconference arraignment hearing, Thursday morning, Aug. 29,2019, at Detroit's 36th District Court, on charges stemming from her infant daughter's death in a bathtub. Thomas was charged with involuntary manslaughter and second degree child abuse. (James David Dickson/Detroit News via AP)
Jaila Thomas, 22, of Detroit, appears on a monitor during a videoconference arraignment hearing, Thursday morning, Aug. 29,2019, at Detroit's 36th District Court, on charges stemming from her infant daughter's death in a bathtub. Thomas was charged with involuntary manslaughter and second degree child abuse. (James David Dickson/Detroit News via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman whose 18-day-old daughter drowned in a bathtub has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy called the allegations “appalling.” Investigators say 22-year-old Jaila Thomas had been drinking and was alone in her apartment Monday when she found Lauren Williams unresponsive. Medics pronounced the girl dead.

Thomas appeared in court by video from jail Thursday. She’s also charged with second-degree child abuse. Bond was set at $150,000. Thomas didn’t appear with a lawyer.

The prosecutor released a statement, saying, “Don’t attempt to care for any infant when you are intoxicated. ... Please don’t do it.”

Worthy says the baby was “only in this world for 18 days.”

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