A Kansas City man has been charged in the drowning death of a 10-month-old infant after allegedly falling asleep while drunk with the child in a bathtub.
Charles M. Wells, 35, was charged on June 5 with involuntary manslaughter after a blood test showed his blood alcohol content was .105 in the hours after the child’s death.
According to court documents, on August 10, 2011 at approximately 8:24 p.m., an ambulance and police officers went to a home in the 8600 block of North Beaman Avenue.
The infant was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Hospital personnel reported water came out of the child’s airway during resuscitation attempts.
Witnesses reported going to HyVee with Wells and the child earlier in the evening. Wells allegedly left the store with a bag containing an unknown item. Wells allegedly told investigators he drank a half pint of Vodka after leaving the store.
After returning home, Wells said he was going to give the infant a bath. Approximately 45 minutes later, both witnesses heard Wells yelling and witnessed him giving the child CPR. Wells allegedly told investigators he was in the bathtub with the infant, fell asleep, and awoke to find the infant floating the bathtub.
Officers obtained a search warrant for a test of Wells’ blood, which indicated a blood alcohol content of .105. Wells also allegedly admitted to using marijuana and methadone.
Wells is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the first degree for recklessly causing the death of the infant. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison. He is currently being held in the Platte County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Humiston.
The charge against Wells is merely an accusations, and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.