A couple arrested in the drowning death of their 1-year-old daughter have an extensive past
with state Child Protective Services, court records show.
Elisa and Shaun Green, both 24, are facing negligent-homicide and child-abuse charges in connection with the death of their child, Rachael Green.
The couple had their children removed from their custody for failure to thrive, according to court documents released Tuesday. They completed required parenting classes and a family CPS plan, and their children were returned to them in 2008.
After the children's return, the parents continued to neglect the kids, court documents say. CPS has filed to sever their parental rights.
Their daughter Rachael died on July 8 after she was left unattended in a bathtub with two siblings — both under the age of 4
. Her mother was "multitasking" and her father was watching a movie, according to an interim complaint.
The children got dirty with ketchup, so their mother decided to bathe them, the complaint said. Elisa Green placed Rachael in a safety seat that was hooked to the tub and left the children alone.
The mother then went to get a baby blanket to dry the kids off and spoke to her husband about their Fourth of July plans before she began making pancakes, the interim complaint said.
When she no longer could hear the kids making noise
, she went to check on them and found Rachel face-down in the water with the other children patting her on the back and saying "baby
." Elisa Green took Rachael out of the tub, but the child was unresponsive. Rachael was taken to a hospital, where she died.
Police said the father knew his wife was giving the kids a bath and did not offer to help because he was watching a movie
, the interim complaint said.
Elisa Green told police that Rachael was able to get out of the safety seat, either on her own or by her siblings pulling her out