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Alabama mother tried to drown 10-year-old, police say, until boy ‘played dead’

Published: Apr. 25, 2024, 9:25 a.m. By William Thornton | wthornton@al.com

Cobert County – 34-year-old Sheffield, AL. woman has been charged with aggravated child abuse after police say she tried to drown her son.

Ashley Elizabeth Jones was released from the Colbert County Jail on $50,000 bond, according to records.

The arrest came after a 10-year-old boy told his father that his mother had been physically abusing him for the last week. The couple share joint custody.

According to court records, the boy told an investigator that his mother had bit him, struck him, locked him in a closet and thrown bleach on him. He then said the mother had attempted to drown him in the bathtub.

According to the child, he told the mother he would rather live with his father. She then threw bleach on him.

When he went to take a bath to clean off the bleach, he said she jumped into the tub with him, grabbed his head, and held it underwater for roughly 45 seconds. To get her to stop, he lay still and “played dead.”

She then locked him in a closet for three hours. The boy also showed bruises and cuts he said were given to him by his mother.

Jones denied the allegation to investigators, according to court records.