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Columbus mother mourns baby who she says drowned in bathtub

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - At just a year old, Jayson Summers could already walk and sit up by himself.

So when the phone rang Sunday night, his mom, Jessica Blankenship, went to answer it, thinking he would be okay in the bathtub by himself.

The advice she had gotten from her mother years ago, though, came back to haunt her.

"She told me to never leave them alone because they can drown in as little as one inch of water. When I walked back in, he was face-down in the bathtub. I tried to do CPR, but couldn't get him back," said Blankenship.

According to the Columbus Coroner, the mother of five made a mistake that unfortunately a lot of parents make.

"You leave them alone for a minute, and that is all it takes, especially in the bathtub. All they have to do is flip face-down, and they can't get uprighted. They can't breathe, and they are going to die," said Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower.

It's been less than 24 hours since Jayson died, but with four other kids still counting on her, family members are helping Jessica get through the difficult times.

"It's been a roller coaster, with ups and downs, and trying to be there for my other children, yet grieve at the same time. It's really hard," said Blankenship.

With the grief she has to live with, she wants to tell other mothers how important it is for your child to be your number one priority at all times.

"Please do not ever leave your kids alone, not even for one minute, not even to answer the phone, or answer the door. It doesn't matter how well they sit up or how well they walk, it can happen," said Blankenship.

If you want to donate to a fund to help with funeral costs, the family has set up a fund at all Wachovia banks.

Just say you want to give to Amber Jones, the aunt of Jayson Summers.


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