After A Baby Drowns In A Bathtub In Tampa, A Man Is Arrested On A Manslaughter Allegation

Records reveal that deputies detained a 22-year-old Tampa man on Monday after it was determined by detectives that he unintentionally left an infant in a bathtub, which caused the youngster to drown.

According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit filed in county court documents, Michael Christopher Hannor was detained on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child coming from the infant’s drowning on February 28.

At 11:23 a.m., a 911 caller reported that a child was drowning. The affidavit was redacted to omit the child’s name, age, gender, and the scene of the drowning. According to the Department of Children and Families website, a 10-month-old boy died in Hillsborough on that day after being left alone in a bathtub.

Hannor admitted to the police that after agreeing to monitor the kid and putting him in the bathtub, he went to check on another kid and seek a mailbox key before leaving the room. He went to check on the boy after remembering that he was in the bathtub and discovered him floating facedown in the water and not breathing, according to the affidavit. Hannor calculated that he neglected the youngster for five to six minutes.

Investigators were told by the child’s mother that she was in the bathroom with Hannor starting the child’s bath when she had to leave for work. She claimed that she had requested Hannor to prepare the child.

The mother remarked, “Ok, I got you,” and Hannor reacted. According to the affidavit, she claimed that Hannor “is a good babysitter” and routinely assists her and the children’s father in taking care of the kids.

The father of the child, who was present along with the couple’s other two children, claimed that Hannor entered the room where he was to inquire for a mailbox key. The father claimed that Hannor was in the room for five to ten minutes before leaving, at which point the father overheard Hannor screaming that the baby was drowning.

According to the affidavit, “the defendant was absent from the bathroom for a period of time between five and 22 minutes while the decedent was left in the tub with the water running.”

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