Florida Mom Was 'Drunk & High' While 3-Year-Old Son Almost Drowned In Hotel Hot Tub

According to an affidavit from the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety, Apryl Connolly admitted to consuming marijuana, alcohol, oxycodone, and Suboxone.

March 28, 2019

Photo by: Mug shot of Apryl Connolly [Volusia County Jail]

Mug shot of Apryl Connolly [Volusia County Jail]

By: Catherine Townsend

DAYTONA, FL — A woman in Florida is facing a string of charges, including felony child neglect, after her three-year-old son almost drowned in a Daytona Beach resort hot tub while she was allegedly drunk and high.

Police say that Apryl Connolly, 36, of Deltona, Florida, was with the boy, his twin brother, and the children's father in a hot tub at Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach around 10 P.M. Sunday, according to ABC News.

The toddler, who was in the hot tub with his twin brother, was seen on a security camera going under water for more than two minutes. Despite the fact that a group of people were in the hot tub, no one realized that the boy was drowning.

Investigators say that his mother was nearby and meant to be watching him, but she later admitted that she was intoxicated.

The desk clerk, Wanda Van Blarrume, saw the victim on the surveillance video from the lobby and alerted a staff member, according to the incident report.

A second staff member, Michael Johnson, turned the hot tub jets off before leaping into the tub and pulling the boy out.

According to police, the three-year-old did not have a pulse and was not breathing. Johnson and another woman at the resort performed CPR on the boy until he was able to breathe.

The father told police that he was with the boys in the hot tub, but left them in Connolly's care after they were told that the pool was closing in order to gather the family's belongings.

"I was definitely watching my son," Connolly said, defending herself. "I turned around for two seconds. I have twins."

According to an affidavit from the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety, Connolly admitted to consuming marijuana, alcohol, oxycodone, and Suboxone.

She was charged with child neglect as well as destroying/tampering of evidence after officers reviewing the surveillance footage saw her throw something — which was later described as a blue pill — into the trash. She was taken into custody and is being held without bond.

According to police, the boy was taken to a nearby hospital and is in serious but stable condition.

Read more: ABC News, WTHR

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