A 27-day-old Seymour infant who survived a near-drowning on May 7 remains in East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.

The child’s condition was upgraded to stable on Tuesday, Blount County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Marian O’Briant said.

A hospital spokeswoman would not comment citing privacy policies.

Her mother, Bethanie Carriker, told police she had left the child, whose name hasn’t been released, and her 15-month-old sister alone in a bathtub and found them unresponsive when she returned.

The older child, whose name also hasn’t been released, died at the hospital later that night.

Reports that deputies had visited the home several hours before the incident for a domestic report could not be confirmed Tuesday.

A Department of Children’s Services spokesman also would not comment about allegations that the agency was investigating the family.

Carriker remained in the Blount County Correctional Facility on a $1 million bail, facing two counts of aggravated child abuse by neglect.

She was assigned a public defender and will have a hearing at 1:30 p.m. May 29 in Judge Robert L. Headrick’s courtroom.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.