Mom and boyfriend arrested for manslaughter after toddler drowns in pool

Florida mother, 30, and her boyfriend who were napping when 23-month-old daughter drowned in swimming pool, are charged with manslaughter

  • Amanda Davis and Charner Williams, both 30, charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child in drowning death of 23-month-old Athena Blevins 
  • Athena was found unresponsive is swimming pool at Titusville, Florida, home on Saturday afternoon 
  • Davis and Williams were asleep and only woke up when paramedics arrived on the scene 
  • Davis initially claimed she and Williams were recovering addicts who have been sober for 60 days 
  • They later admitted to using cocaine, heroin and marijuana throughout the day leading up to Athena’s death 
  • Police found suspected drugs and ‘myriad’ of paraphernalia inside home  

Police in Florida have arrested a mother and her live-in boyfriend on manslaughter charges after the woman’s young toddler drowned in a swimming pool as the couple napped.

Amanda Davis and Charner Williams, both 30, of Titusville, were arrested on Sunday and booked into the Brevard County Jail on charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child in connection with the drowning death of the woman’ 23-month-old daughter, Athena Blevins. The child would have turned two years old on Friday. 

According to the police, Athena was found by the couple’s roommate unresponsive in the pool at their home in the 700 block of Knox McRae Drive at around 1.30pm on Saturday. 

Charner Williams

Amanda Davis (left) and Charner Williams (right), both 30, have been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child in the drowning death of Davis’ 23-month-old daughter Athena Blevins

An arrest affidavit obtained by states that the roommate initially thought it was a ‘doll’ floating in the pool, but quickly realized it was Athena.   

The roommate pulled the child out of the water and performed CPR on the girl, who he noted was already turning blue, until paramedics responded to the scene and took over the life-saving measures.  

‘The parents did not wake up until paramedics arrived on scene,’ police stated in a press release.

Athena was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

According to investigators, Davis and Williams had taken no steps to prevent their daughter from accessing the pool, or running into the road.

During an interview with police, Davis told detectives she and Williams had been awake all night until 4 or 5am, and they last saw Athena asleep in her toddler bed in their room. 

The mother explained that Athena had recently learned how to open the sliding door to the pool, but neither she not Williams had not taken any measures to childproof the door.

Davis told authorities she and Williams are both recovering heroin addicts and have been sober for 60 days. 

Detectives later executed a search warrant at the couple’s home, leading to the discovery of what police described as a ‘myriad’ of drug paraphernalia and small bags containing white powder, which they said was easily accessible to the toddler. 

The couple's roommate found the toddler floating unresponsive in the pool at their home on Knox McRae Drive in Titusville, Florida, on Saturday

The couple’s roommate found the toddler floating unresponsive in the pool at their home on Knox McRae Drive in Titusville, Florida, on Saturday 

Both Davis and Williams then admitted to using heroin, cocaine and marijuana prior to their daughter’s drowning, according to the affidavit.

Williams blamed his roommate for leaving an exterior door unlocked and ‘took no responsibility for [Athena’s] death.’  

The parents remained jailed without bond on Monday. They are due back in court on March 11.

Arrest records indicate that Williams has a criminal history that includes convictions for possession of a controlled substance and driving while license suspended habitual offender.  


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