HOUSTON—A Houston father who was drunk while giving his 1-year-old son a bath fell asleep and caused his little boy to drown, according to Harris County Sheriff’s deputies.
Enrique Alberto Machado was charged with felony murder.
The baby’s mother called for help after finding her toddler floating face up in a bathtub full of water on April 27. Her boyfriend, Machado, was asleep on the floor next to the bathtub.
Machado told deputies that he came home from Colorado as a truck driver, drank about six beers with coworkers, then went home and attempted to bathe his son. That is when he fell asleep on the bathroom floor. He did not realize what happened until the boy’s mother found them and woke him up.
Machado repeated over and over that he was “responsible for everything,” according to documents.
The father’s blood was drawn at Memorial Hermann Hospital. After his son’s autopsy, medical examiners ruled the death a homicide.
Machado’s bail was set at $100,000.