Kayla Lynton

Police say baby may have drowned in bathtub while mom was distracted by Facebook: Report

A British mother was arrested on Saturday in Tel Aviv for allegedly checking Facebook while her baby girl drowned in the bathtub, police say.

The Mirror reports that Tel Aviv authorities arrested 23-year-old Kayla Lynton in connection with the death of her 6-month-old girl, Naomi, who drowned in a bathtub in  July. A source close to the suspect reportedly told the outlet that police seized her cellphone and are looking for activity within the “10 minute window” of the baby’s death.

“Police are looking at whether she was on social media when she should have been caring for her daughter. She’s obviously devastated and now she’s having to deal with a potential criminal case as well.”

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Kayla moved to Tel Aviv with her husband, Ilan, a British recruitment worker, several years ago. Ilan was at work when the incident happened and received a call from his wife who reportedly explained the baby slipped in the bath water. Naomi later passed away after spending a week in the hospital, in a coma.

Lynton was questioned and detained on the day in question, but according to her attorney, Ofer Bartal, police released her the same day. They arrested her five months later on charges of “severe injury to the helpless; neglect of a minor or a person unable to provide for own needs; injury through negligence; and negligent supervision of a child.” She’s currently out on bail.

“Police are investigating many directions. I don’t know what they really think,” Bartal explained. “They are asking many questions about many things but we don’t yet know what their findings are.”

The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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[Feature Photo: Kayla Lynton/Facebook]