(Patterson, California) A 23-year-old local woman, Jennifer Bigham, was arrested last Friday for allegedly abusing and killing her 3-year-old daughter, Alexandrea. Bigham faces charges of child abuse and murder.
Deputies were dispatched to a home on the 400 block of Thrush Drive in Patterson, 20 miles southwest of Modesto, at about 6 p.m. Thursday on a report of a bathtub drowning, sheriff's officials said.Bigham was booked into custody without bail.
They found Alexandrea unresponsive. She was flown by helicopter to a Modesto hospital, where she clung to life for several hours before dying at 9:50 p.m., sheriff's officials said.
Statements from family members and evidence at the house led investigators to conclude that Alexandrea's mother had drowned her, Deputy Andrew Winter said.