Newborn released from hospital after being found in Seymour bathtub

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SEYMOUR, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A newborn who was found allegedly unattended in a Seymour bathtub has been released from the hospital. The child was transported to the hospital in critical condition following the incident on May 7.

Blount County Sheriff said investigators charged a Seymour woman after her newborn baby and a 15-month-old child were found in the bathtub at their home./ Source: WVLT

Officials said they do not know where the baby is now. WVLT News has contacted DCS to learn more.

Investigators looking into the incident said they are withholding 911 calls from a domestic call at the home on the same day because they are related to the investigation.

A newborn baby girl who was hospitalized in critical condition at 20-days-old after being found allegedly unattended in a bathtub at a Seymour home is now stable. That's according to an update from a spokesperson at the Blount County Sheriff's Office.

A 15-month-old who was in the tub with the newborn was pronounced dead at East Tennesse Children's Hospital.

BCSO said a domestic dispute call came in for the home earlier on the same day of the bathtub incident. Officials did not explain the specific nature of the dispute, except that they provided options for dealing with domestic violence to the residents. No arrests were made and no charges were filed.

The Department of Children's Services confirmed they have an open investigation related to a newborn who is in critical condition and a 15-month-old who died after reportedly being found unattended in a bathtub.

DCS would not specify when the investigation was opened or name any specific incident that caused them to investigate.

Bethanie A. Carriker appeared before the judge on Wednesday afternoon. Carriker's attorneys requested that her court date be reset to May 29 at the Blount County Justice Center.

A 15-month-old and 20-day-old baby were left alone in a bathtub for '10-12 minutes,' according to Blount County court documents. Now the mother, Bethanie A. Carriker, 34, faces two charges of aggravated child neglect and is in the Blount County Jail on $1 million bond.

Carriker is scheduled to make her initial court appearance Wednesday at 1:30.

Officials said the Seymour Fire Department and Blount County Sheriff's Office responded to the home around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after originally receiving a call about a drowning.

When first responders arrived on the scene, officials said they found both children had been removed from the tub by their mother. Seymour
Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Linsenbigler said the mother was attempting CPR when SVFD firefighters arrived.

Carriker found both children "blue and unresponsive," then called 911 for help, according to court documents.

Neighbors near the home said the family who lives at the house are renters who recently moved in.

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