Woman Arrested For Drowning Grandson In Tub

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A four year old child drowned in his bath and his grandmother, 56-year-old Helen Martin, confessed that she had drowned the boy.

As the Kokomo tribune reports, after putting the child into the bathtub, Martin then got into the same tub with her clothes on and began to hold the boy’s head under the water, court records indicated.

Martin told police that she then got out of the bathtub, changed her clothes and called her husband to tell him that she drowned the child, the affidavit stated, though Martin told police she didn’t remember making that phone call.

When later questioned by police as to why she drowned the boy, Martin stated that “she believed that she had been so depressed recently that she thought he would be better off in heaven than to be with her,” court records noted.

After Helen’s husband returned, he tried to save the boy and pulled the boy out of the water but it was too late.

Helen said she suffered from depression and memory loss, telling investigators she sometimes lost her memory due to PTSD from a “past abusive marriage, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.” She also blamed those conditions for her belief that the child would be “better off in heaven.”

Heaven is often described as a "higher place," the holiest place, a paradise — in contrast to hell or the underworld or the "low places"— and universally or conditionally accessible by earthly beings according to various standards of divinity, goodness, piety, faith or other virtues or right beliefs or simply the will of God. Believing in Heaven and afterlife made this woman, besides her mental illness to kill an innocent little boy. She believed he would be much happier to be in heaven than to live with her and unfortunately it resulted in boy’s death. Helen Martin was arrested on charges of murder and neglect of a dependent resulting in death, both Level 1 felonies, and she is currently being held without bond at the Howard County jail.

No matter what the reasons for drowning were, the fact is that the boy is dead and there is nothing else anyone can do for him.

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