Deputies: Tenn. infant dies after being left in bathtub so mother could have 'me time'

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Tennessee authorities said an 11-month-old child has died after being found unresponsive in a bathtub.

Lindsee Leonardo, 32, was taken into custody after a baby was found unresponsive in a tub, officials say. / Source: (Knox County Sheriff's Office)

The Knox County Sheriff's Office and the East Tennessee Children's Hospital announced Aiden Xavier Leonardo died days after being found unresponsive in a tub at a home.

Lindsee Leonardo, 32, was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon while at the hospital and currently faces aggravated child abuse charges.

Authorities believe Lindsee left Aiden and a 23-month old child unsupervised in the bathtub while she went outside to have some "me time," smoke a cigarette and listen to two songs on her phone.

Lindsee would go back into the home after being outside for 10 minutes, and she found the 23-month-old standing in the tub while Aiden was unresponsive.

The sheriff's office said the 11-month-old did not have a heartbeat until being transported to an area surgical center.

Investigators believe Leonardo will face additional charges.

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