2 young babies die in shower after exhausted mom passes out asleep for 10 hours

An inquest is underway in Australia to investigate the death of 2-year-old Lochlan James Steven and his little brother, 10-month-old Malachi IsaacStevens in November 2008. According to the boys' mother, she had put them in the shower to clean them up after Lochlan smeared feces from his diaper on the floors, walls, and baby's cot. Once she got them into the shower, she stepped out to get something, and closed the door behind her. Tragically, she did not come back for 10 hours because she fell asleep.

When she went back to the bathroom, both of the children were dead. "I passed out and the plug in the shower got plugged up...and the shower filled up ... and they're not breathing. They're dead," Ms. Hebble told an emergency services operator. 


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Like many mothers of young children, Hebble was suffering from sleep-deprivation due to Malachi's restlessness. She was home alone taking care of the boys while her husband, Chris Stevens, was working on a fly-in-fly-out basis.

This story breaks my heart. The thought of those two children suffering and dying at such a young age is inconceivable. It's easy to judge the mother and ultimately she is responsible, but I understand her exhaustion, as a mother I have lived her exhaustion. The consequences of her exhaustion are horrifying.

Imagine walking into that bathroom in a panic after waking up and finding 10-month-old Malachi floating on his side and two-year-old Lochlan lying on the floor with blood coming out of his mouth.

Ms. Hebble was accompanied and comforted by family members during the court proceedings. She and the boys' father are no longer together.

I wish everyone involved in this tragedy, including the deceased boys, peace.

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How do you feel about the tragic death of these two boys?

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How do you feel about the tragic death of these two boys?

on Apr 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM

I am sorry theres no excuse,i am a SINGLE mother of 4,and trust me i know exhaustion,and i never ever fell asleep because i was exhausted,i would have never left my kids in a shower alone let alone sit my ass down and fall asleep,no excuse,,my opinion!

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on Apr 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM
My heart goes out to heart and before we judge walk 1 mile in their shoes. I thank God I never and hope to God I never will go thru that. That is the most devastating thing ever. I hope God gives them peace.
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on Apr 29, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Why would ypu leave them unattended to begin with? And shut the door? That is what bothers me, it'd be different if she passed out in the bathroom or something, but she walked out, and shut the door behind her!!!! I understand about exhaustion, but.....10 hours???? Knowing you have kids? I don't think so, maybe nodding off for five minutes!! The babies are safe up in heaven, thank you Lord.
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on Apr 29, 2013 at 11:41 PM
May acceptance and peace come to her and her family. God only know why these things happen. Our purpose is to accept, let go and grow from our experiences. May God protect all involved and keep their hearts centered in love and forgiveness.
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on Apr 30, 2013 at 11:32 PM
This is such a tragic story. Sleep deprivation can make you do crazy things I understand both sides. Only because after I had my son I didn't sleep for almost two weeks. My husband had to take a day off of work after bring in the er all night with high blood pressure they have me z tranquilizer . I pray for peace and forgives for this family. I can't even imagine how she must feel as well as the family
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on May 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Sounds like a criminal investigation in the making. I have never heard of a mother just passing out while kids are in the bathtub, exhausted or not!

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on May 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM
When my second daughter was a newborn she slept in 10 minutes intervals after 4-5 hours of intense screaming, sometimes even more than that. This lasted for 2 months until we figured out that she had a stomach issue, mind you that after that she has never slept thru the night and now she's 2 and we have a new baby who eats every 2 hours, day or night, add a 4 year old drama princess and the fact that I had to care for them by myself after a c-section 'cause my hubby couldn't take off work...and although I KNOW how exhausted she must have felt, there was not one minute where I would put my kids to wash up on their own and close the door behind me...exhaustion makes you do stupid things but that's just too much. I'm sorry but I think that this will be another case of uncared post-partum depression that ended up tragically. My heart goes out to all of them!!! 10 hours without checking on her kids?....Not realistic.
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on May 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM
I think there is more to the story than just...Oh i fell asleep for 10 hours because i was exhausted. I'm not buying it! That is RIDICULOUS! We all have been there as mothers, tired and delirious but NEVER have done anything like that. Yes maybe some stupid things becuase we are tired, but turn the water on, close the door and pass out for 10 hours...NO! She's lieying unless she has narcalepsy...NOT BUYING IT!!! Poor babies.
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on May 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM
this is a lie. You don't just fall asleep for 10 hours. And btw who the heach would be such an idiot to shut the door. Those poor children could have lived a happy good life but too bad, hope they find the TRUTH
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