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Grandmother charged in drowning death of Clearwater baby boy

CLEARWATER — Nobody knows for sure how long Andrea Jo Wooten left her 10-month-old grandson unattended in the bathtub.

She told police it could've been anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. She put him in the bathtub for "some alone time" and forgot about him after snorting Alprazolam and possibly oxycdone, she later told a Clearwater police detective.

By the time she pulled Antwan Hill from the water Sept. 4, he was not breathing. An autopsy said Antwan drowned.

Now Wooten, 42, of St. Petersburg has been charged with aggravated manslaughter. Police say she was high on prescription medication when Antwan drowned.

According to a court document released Monday, Wooten was watching Antwan for her daughter that afternoon in a Clearwater apartment.

About 4:30 p.m., Wooten's boyfriend came to the apartment on N Saturn Avenue. He told police that Wooten answered the door, then promptly disappeared into the bathroom. She emerged holding Antwan's limp body.

Police did not identify the boyfriend. The man said he called 911 and started CPR. Antwan was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said Wooten appeared intoxicated when detectives interviewed her right after the incident. Wooten's urine tested positive for benzodiazepines, oxycodone and THC. A blood test confirmed the presence of Alprazolam.

After the results came in, detectives obtained an arrest warrant Nov. 22. Early Thursday, St. Petersburg police came into contact with Wooten regarding an unrelated matter and arrested her for the warrant, Clearwater police said. On Monday, she was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Wooten was found guilty in July of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and has previous convictions for obtaining property with a worthless check, grand theft and possession of cocaine, according to Pinellas County court records.

On her Facebook page bio, Antwan's mother, Andrea Andrews, says she just lost her baby and all she has left is her 2-year-old daughter. She posted this Sept. 28 as is: "That was my heart soul and mind. Twan iam so sorry for what grandma did to you.i will always love you."

Two weeks earlier, Wooten posted this on her own Facebook page as is: "To all who feel im guilty. I sware it was an accident i would never do anything to hurt my grandbabies they are my life they are who i live for."

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Grandmother charged in drowning death of Clearwater baby boy 11/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 29, 2010 11:02pm]
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