Mother accused of drowning son testifies

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A West Virginia woman on trial for allegedly drowning her 2-year-old son in a suburban Pittsburgh hotel bathtub told a jury that she was distracted, but didn’t kill the child.

Sharon Flanagan on Thursday told the Pittsburgh jury she was lost in her own thoughts as her 2-year-old lay lifeless in the bathtub last July.

Detectives previously testified that Flanagan first told them she was unable to pull the boy out of the bathtub or that his foot was stuck. On Thursday Flanagan admitted that she lied, but that it was because she panicked, and was afraid of losing custody of her son.

Prosecutors are seeking a conviction for premeditated murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday.

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