Baby's Drowning Investigated

Two weeks away from celebrating his first birthday, Christian Cunningham's parents are planning a burial instead a party.

"I just want to say to everyone, keep me in your prayers because this is the hardest time for me. Very hard!" said Bertha Blakely

Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Christian drowned in a bucket of water that his father was preparing to use to mop the floor.

"They measured it, four inches of water in it," said Ron Cunningham.

Cunningham said he had just stepped around a corner in the room, was gone for less than a minute, and found the baby in the bucket when he returned.

"No charges so far. It's still under investigation, pending the autopsy," said Butler Police Chief Reginald McGrew.

McGrew says autopsy results are expected to be available within the next week. He said the bucket involved holds up to five gallons.

Officials say it's not uncommon for small children to fall into these size buckets. In fact, one that Newscenter 11 saw Thursday, though not the one involved in this case, had a label on the front warning that this could happen.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    Do not see where it serves a purpose! Other than gossip & put down.
  • by comments only on Apr 27, 2010 at 11:45 PM
    You can not judge a person's heart, but you can judge their actions. Nobody's trying to "play God". I have lost a child & it's one of the hardest things you go through in life. Yes, just look at the people's comments. If you want to vomit, don't read these posts. If the parent(s) is/are found guilty, that would mean that there is enough evidence to question someone's actions; enough to bring them to trial. It hasn't gotten that far, yet you're already suggesting that people are judging them harshly. Nobody is judging them... yet! This is a comment page, not a detective page, nor a page for accusation. Maybe the question more is why such anger directed to people who post a comment to a story that was on television? This is why they have this section, you know... "post your comments" most popular/most commented. Maybe WTOK just needs to do away with this section so it doesn't "offend" anyone, you think?
  • by just my opinion Location: resident on Apr 27, 2010 at 08:54 PM
    I don't see anyone judging anyone except those who are hollering the the most about being judged. These are COMMENTS on a story. Nothing more, nothing less. Everybody who states anything else is doing the judging. The story says the death is being investigated. I leave it at that. If it goes further than that, then there's reason to suspect. Until then these are just COMMENTS & everybody's got their pants in a wad about the parents being judged. Everybody's who's DEFENDING the parents, so to speak, sound angry because somebody is making a COMMENT about a story. And those who say you don't know the whole story probably don't know it any better than anyone else. COMMENTS are a freedom of speech. Just a question, why be on tv in the first place to leave yourself open to scrutiny? By having it on tv & trying to explain it on tv, etc just opens the door for suspect. This is the reason for all the COMMENTS both negative & positive.
  • by Some People on Apr 27, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    I swear, people these days make me want to vomit. Have any of you lost a child? I doubt it. How can you comment on how the family should react on TV. This is a comment page but, the comments i'm reading show me the class of people that comment on this site. I never comment but I had to say that most of you need to get a life. If these parents are found guilty of some sort of crime that caused this, then i would understand harsh comments. This is simply people with nothing else to do trying to play detective and accuse someone of something just to make it a good story. One day you may be in this position and how would you feel if people were saying that you had something to do with the death of your child? Everything is in God's hands and he doesn't make mistakes!
  • by wow on Apr 27, 2010 at 04:01 PM
    why ya'll are all up on here telling people to stop playing "God" trying to judge people...look what you are all doing...you are all judging people.
  • by A Mother Location: Kemper Co. on Apr 27, 2010 at 02:09 PM
    People are so mean! It is not anyones place to judge these people! I have grown children, grandchildren. I have & still do use a mop bucket. Does that mean I wanted them to die? No! I dont use my sink to mop. Frankly, dont want mop water in my kitchen sink. Or where I brush my teeth in bathroom. People on here just judge all. Maybe you should read your bible. Judge not, least you be judged! Why would anyone just assume they killed their child? If mine died, I would need sedating myself. I wouldnt want the world seeing me crying or carrying on & on tv. I wouldnt think these people care or know at this point what you are all saying on here, but the day may come they do see it. I would hate to be that mother then. I pray for her & her family. But someone needs to pray for all the judging people on here. You need it. I cant believe people act this way towards each other, & dont even know them. To the family my prayers are with you. Your baby is in Gods hands now. Never any pain or suffering
  • by Loving Mother Location: Tuscaloosa on Apr 26, 2010 at 10:39 PM
    people this is a sad time for this family, they don't need to know that you all are trying to play GOD in judging them....do you all understand that these parent has loss their baby forever will never see, hear, touch or smell their child again. you people need to find love in your heart and stop trying to play GOD.I WILL KEEP THIS FAMILY IN MY PRAYER...GOD has taking one of his little angles home.
  • by carrie Location: tuscaloosa on Apr 26, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    i feel that sometimes if you don't know the complete story sometimes it is best that you dont comment at all. ssomethings are just hurtful anything could happen how wouldl you feel if that was your child and you couldnt do anything to help somethings are better left untouched and sometimes we need to let GOD work instead of blaming people or pointing the finger
  • by reply to "to sympathy" on Apr 25, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    My comment was not meant to cast a negative light on either parent. I simply attempted to explain why they were not emotional in the video. (Even though you don't use a mop bucket, many people do. Hopefully, this situation will prompt them to use the sink as well.)
  • by to *sympathy* on Apr 25, 2010 at 12:57 AM
    Why on EARTH would you get on here and tell everyone that the mother was MEDICATED?...Why should we believe it was a doctor that medicated her?...Great job!!! Now everyone will be commenting on that! AND NO I DO NOT MOP MY FLOOR WITH A BUCKET, MAINLY FOR THIS REASON. I simply use the sink! :)
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