Dallas, TX – A woman has been arrested after police say she was on Facebook while her best friend’s 3-year-old daughter drowned in a swimming pool a few feet away.
According to the affidavit, 37-year-old Kariasa Thomas took her friend’s four children – ages 7, 6, 5 and 3 years old – to the swimming pool at her apartment complex along with her 16-year-old daughter and legally blind husband.
They arrived at the pool at 7pm, after it had already closed, but decided to stay because other people were still swimming in the pool. Although she was aware 3-year-old Kanyce Giddings could not swim and was not equipped with a flotation device, she allowed the girl to stand on the steps with her feet in the water.
Thomas then put her ass in a reclining chair a few feet away and decided to use her phone to log onto Facebook for 15 minutes instead of watching the girl. She also admitted to playing with her pit bull, Sugar.
A couple hours later, an off-duty police officer working as a security guard came to tell everyone the pool was closed and it was time to get out. That’s when Thomas realized Kanyce was missing. She asked the officer for a flashlight to search for her, but found her when she walked into the pool and kicked the child’s lifeless body.
Thomas pulled the girl out of the water and handed her to the officer, who tried to revive the girl by performing CPR. Kanyce was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Kariasa Thomas was arrested and charged with reckless injury to a child and faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted. She remains in a Dallas County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.Tags: Child Neglect, Crime, Drowning, facebook, Kanyce Giddings, Kariasa Thomas, Texas