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Wise County mom accused of having sex as toddler dies in bathtub

A Wise County mother has been arrested, accused of causing her young child’s death last month by leaving her alone in a bathtub as she had sex.
A Wise County mother has been arrested, accused of causing her young child’s death last month by leaving her alone in a bathtub as she had sex. Courtesy

An Alvord mother was in custody Wednesday, accused of causing the death of her young daughter when she placed her in a bathtub and went to another room to have sex.

The 2-year-old, Alexandria Clark, died Oct. 23 in a Decatur hospital after she was found not breathing in the bathtub.

Her mother, Amanda Ann Clark, 26, surrendered to Wise County authorities Tuesday, facing a charge of injury to a child.

“She’s the one who called our dispatcher to report that her child was not breathing,” Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Wednesday.

Clark’s two other children, ages 6 and 3 — who were also placed in the bathtub at the time but were uninjured —have been put in the care of Child Protective Services, Akin said.

No other arrests or charges in the case are expected, he said.

Wise County deputies responded to a 911 call about 5 p.m. Oct. 23. “The dispatcher coached her to start CPR on the child,” Akin said. “Deputies and Alvord firefighters took over when they arrived.”

Alexandria was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur, where she died shortly after arrival, he said.

“The 6-year-old came to the bedroom and said that Alexandria was not breathing,” Akin said.

Alvord is about 50 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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