7 yr. old Autistic boy, dies after diving into pool: Mother had snuck him into the pool despite it being closed


By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

PUBLISHED: 11:53 EST, 24 June 2012 UPDATED: 11:53 EST, 24 June 2012

 

Mom jailed: Linda Harden, 33, told investigators that she snuck into the pool, which was closed, with her son

Mom jailed: Linda Harden, 33, told investigators that she snuck into the pool, which was closed, with her son

















A young autistic boy died from head injuries when he dove into a pool after he and his mother had snuck in.

Police said that Linda Harden, 33, told investigators that she ignored signs stating the pool in a Houston apartment complex was closed when she helped her son over the fence.

Joseph Harden, 7, who was autistic, reportedly jumped into the shallow end of the pool at the Oakwood Gardens Apartments, hitting his head.

KTRK reported that the boy was rushed to the hospital after the accident on Thursday in critical condition, but was pronounced dead on Saturday.

Harden originally faced charges of injury to a child by omission, but those charges will be upgraded due to her son’s death.

Houston Police Department Detective Fil Waters told KTRK: ‘The mother put the child in harm’s way because of a decision she made to give him access to the pool.’

 

Police said Harden initially told officers that she and her four children jumped over the gate to get to the pool.

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Pool: Joseph Harden, who is autistic, hit his head when he dove into this pool at the Oakwood Gardens Apartments in Houston

Pool: Joseph Harden, who is autistic, hit his head when he dove into this pool at the Oakwood Gardens Apartments in Houston

But she later admitted that she had left her three youngest children, ages 2 to 4 years old, alone in her apartment while she took Joseph to swim.

Houston Police Department spokesman Fil Waters told KTRK that the boy had suffered head injuries in the pool, but was also found to have suffered previous bodily trauma.

 
Stay out of the water: Signs had been posted around the pool indicating that it was closed

Stay out of the water: Signs had been posted around the pool indicating that it was closed

The Houston Chronicle reported that Harden is about three and a half months pregnant.

Her other children were put in foster care by Child Protective Services.

Authorities told Fox 26 that Harden had recently moved from Louisiana, and they’re checking to see if she has a record with CPS there.

 

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