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Holland mother facing involuntary manslaughter charge in baby's drowning death

Two weeks after the infant's near-drowning, the child died at the hospital in August. The Ottawa Co. Prosecutor authorized charges against the mother this week.

HOLLAND, Michigan — A Holland mother is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge in the drowning death of her baby.

The initial incident happened on Aug. 9 at the Holland Women's Rescue Mission.

When first responders arrived, they found someone already performing CPR on the child. Officers took over CPR and rushed the child to other first responders. Medics transferred the child to a local hospital.

The baby was put on life support and died two weeks later on Aug. 23.

The audio of two 911 calls shows how quickly bystanders worked to help a baby who nearly drowned at a women's shelter in Holland.

The Ottawa County Prosecutors Office has been reviewing the case and recently authorized charges against the child’s mother.

Earlier this week, Elizabeth May Robinson of Holland was arraigned in the 58th District court.

Court documents obtained by 13 ON YOUR SIDE revealed Robinson was bathing her two daughters in the tub. She told detectives she removed her older daughter from the bathtub after she started coughing and left the 11-month-old in the tub alone. 

She told detectives she was struggling to put the older daughter's diaper on and this went on for about ten minutes. She was on the phone with her boyfriend, who is incarcerated at the Ottawa County Jail, she told detectives. 

Court documents show she admitted to detectives she was out of the bathroom and out of view of the child in the tub. 

The judge ordered a $15,000 bond, which she posted. 

Credit: Holland Public Safety Dept.
Elizabeth May Robinson

She was released on a $15,000 personal recognizance bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 8. 

Gateway Mission is a faith-based organization that provides emergency services for those experiencing homelessness in West Michigan.

The organization has two separate emergency shelters: One for women and children on Fairbanks Avenue in Holland, and another for men on South River Avenue in Holland.

Credit: Family

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