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Chicago mom tried to drown son, 3 days after the online publication that he had died: police

Celeste T. Christian, 21, was indicted for attempted murder after trying to drown her 3-year-old son in the bathtub, Chicago, police said. Days earlier, she posted her son had died on social media.

(Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities in Chicago this week said a South-Side of the mother incorrectly wrote on social media that her 3-year-old son had died, then tried to drown him in a bath days later.

Celeste T. Christian, 21, was indicted for attempted murder on her son remained in hospital in critical condition, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The child was treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center for suffocation and water in his lungs. The police said someone had the toddler in the water.

Christian told the police the child had wet himself after the father showed him, and gave him a bath. She claimed her son by herself for five to 10 minutes to check on her 2-year-old daughter.

A South-Side of the mother posted on Facebook that her 3-year-old son had died, although he was still alive. Days later, when they tried to drown him in a bath of the Chicago police say https://t.co/LDes85WCud pic.twitter.com/sxUnGMCQWo

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She heard splashing, and walked back to the bathroom to the boy limp in the water, with foam coming from his nose and mouth, and called 911.

An hour before the child was in the hospital, a doctor received a call from an organ and tissue donor with the question of whether the boy was still not there, police said. The donor may not reveal who told them that the toddler would be.

When police interviewed the father of the child, he told them, Christian had already announced on social media that their son had died and wanted to funeral plans, the paper reported.

Christian was arrested and held without bail in Cook County Jail.

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