TUCSON – An angry mother is speaking out for the first time, after her 10 month old daughter drowned in her babysitter’s care.
Zada Davis told police she left Winter Azure in a bathtub unattended with the water running for about ten minutes.
The girl died six days later, becoming Pima County’s only child drowning this year.
Wednesday Davis pleaded not guilty to second degree murder.
Winter’s mother Kiari Holland sat in court and watched as Zada Davis pleaded not guilty to 2nd degree murder. A woman she thought she could trust.
Holland said she ran a background check and talked with friends who had also used the suspect as a sitter and thought that would be enough, but it wasn’t.
Holland said, “I figured it would go without saying for common sense, especially for a parent much less for anyone. You just don’t leave a child around water period.”
Its common sense that police said was missing for 10 minutes, leaving the little girl under water one minute, for every month she was alive.
It was a life cut way too short, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t leave her mark.
Talking about some of the things Winter liked Holland said, “For a ten month old she liked being thrown and hung upside down.” She also talked about how good of a baby she was. She said, “I still think to this day I don’t think she knew how to produce tears. She was just not a very good crying type of child.”
As for the suspect, the judge released her on her own recognizance, which is something Holland isn’t happy about. She said, “I’m a little irritated because almost anywhere else I’ve lived she’d be sitting in jail right now.”
But just because she’s out of jail doesn’t mean she’s off the hook by any means. If Davis is found guilty, she could face up to 25 years in prison for the 2nd degree murder charge alone.