The parents of a baby who drowned in a bathtub, were arrested on a charge of aggravated manslaughter after they left the baby alone in a bathroom while having sex in the bedroom of their home, police in Florida said.
Jacksonville police said that they have arrested 32-year-old Ruben Ebron and 26-year-old Lonna Lauramore Barton, after being accused of being responsible for the death of 1-year-old Lonzie Barton.
In court, Ebron pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter while Barton pleaded guilty to child neglect. Ebron was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison while Barton could face up to 5 years in prison.
Ebron told the court that he left Lonzie Barton unattended in the bathtub of the house he shared with the child’s mother, Lonna Lauramore Barton.
The two then had sex in the bedroom, and when he returned to the bathroom, Lonzie Barton was lying face down in the bathtub.
Ebron then dumped the child’s body before telling police that Lonzie Barton was kidnapped while he drove to work.