'She Saw Red': Las Vegas Mother Phones 911 After Trying To Drown Her 15-Month-Old Baby In Bathtub, Police Say

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Source: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; UNSPLASH

May 18 2022, Published 4:30 p.m. ET

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A Las Vegas mother was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted murder and child abuse after she told an emergency dispatcher that she tried to drown her daughter, authorities said.

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According to an arrest report obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Desiree Mason, 31, called 911 on May 13 and allegedly admitted she struck her 15-month-old girl and then nearly drowned her and needed police to intervene.

The dispatcher kept Mason on the line for 18 minutes, and officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department that responded to the woman’s apartment rushed the child to an area hospital.

Doctors determined the toddler did not suffer any life-threatening injuries and discharged her.

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In the report, officers wrote they “were overwhelmed by the smell of rotting food, cat feces, cat urine and trash” at Mason's residence, which they noted was “unsafe and unhealthy for humans or animals, especially for a child that is crawling and playing on the ground.”

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested Mason the day after the incident. During an interview, she allegedly told detectives she was feeling isolated after recently becoming estranged from both her friends and family and “got angry but could not explain why,” according to the police report.

The document also states the mother allegedly admitted she hit her daughter, pulled the child into the tub filled with water and held her head underwater for around 30 seconds.

“Desiree could not explain why she felt the sudden urge to slap [her daughter] or attempt to drown her and could only say she saw red,” the report reads. “Desiree stated it did not seem as if she was doing this to [her daughter] but to someone or something else.”

According to the report, the mother said she eventually realized what she was allegedly doing to the little girl was wrong so she stopped.

Mason was being held on $50,000 bond.


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