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Mom Nearly Drowned Baby in Icy River

The mother of a 7-month-old baby was arrested after she was allegedly caught trying to drown him in an ice-cold Virginia river.

38-year-old Leslei Kuykendall lives in Hopewell with her 7-month-old son.

On the morning of January 11, Kuykendall allegedly took her baby to a shallow part of the Appomattox River. The temperature of the water was assessed to be 46 degrees.

Someone near the lake reportedly saw Kuykendall walking into the water with the child and became concerned. The person called the authorities after they believed they saw the child fall from the woman’s arms and into the river.

The police arrived in a boat, and they were able to hoist Kuykendall and the baby out of the frigid water.

The baby was reportedly in need of resuscitation, and CPR was administered. When he was able to be transported, the child was taken to the VCU Medical Center where water was found in his lungs.

Since it was unclear how long Kuykendall had been in the water, she was taken to the John Randolph Medical Center to ensure that she did not have hypothermia.

When she was released from the hospital, Kuykendall was taken into custody and booked into the Riverside Regional Jail without bond. She is expected to face charges for attempted murder.

Kuykendall was facing drug-related charges a few months ago, and they had been dismissed. It was reported that she may face prosecution for those charges if it is proven that she was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the alleged attempted murder.

The baby has recovered from his injuries, and he is no longer in the hospital.

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