4-year-old boy with special needs dies after being found face down in bathtub

A 4-year-old boy with special needs has died after being found face down in a bathtub in northwest Harris County.

Emergency crews responded around 1:45 a.m. to a home in the 25000 block of Fountain Bleau near Boudreaux Estates.

According to the sheriff's office, the 27-year-old mother was bathing her 4-year-old and 1-year-old boys when she walked away. It's not clear how long she was gone.

When she returned, she found the 4-year-old face down.

CPR was started on the child, who was rushed to Tomball Regional Hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Officials say the boy may have had cerebral palsy, along with other medical conditions.

An autopsy will help to determine what happened.

Homicide was called out to the scene, which investigators say is standard protocol in these types of situations.

A 77-year-old man also lives at the home.

Authorities say the mother is distraught. They plan to interview her to find out why she walked away and for how long.

This was the second drowning of a child within the last 12 hours in the county.

In a separate incident on Monday, deputies in northeast Harris County responded to a deadly drowning incident involving a child.

According to officials in that case, a boy, who was also 4 years old, wandered away from the apartment area and ended up near the pool.

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