In 2014, a British woman named Claire Barnett was using her cell phone while hanging out by a pond on her property. She wasn’t aware that her 2-year-old son, Joshua, was drowning in the water. Her attention was on Facebook and the photos she was uploading and she didn’t notice her son’s distress.
According to the BBC, by the time the British mother pulled him out, Joshua was already unconscious and later died at the hospital. But Barnett’s lawyer argued that his client isn’t to blame – she was distracted by someone commenting on her Facebook page, not actively doing anything on Facebook herself.
“Any mother going about the house can be distracted by a telephone or a washing machine,” defense barrister Timothy Roberts said.
According to the website “Popsugar,” Barnett plead guilty to four counts of child cruelty and has been sentenced to five years in jail.