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Onawa Mother Charged With 1st Degree Murder in Baby Drowning


A mother is accused of drowning her own baby and now she's being charged with first degree murder.

It happened back in February in Onawa, Iowa, and now police say the boy's mother killed him.

Markis Dahms, a 15 month old, died back in February.

His death has been under investigation ever since and Wednesday police arrested his mother.

She's 25 year old Ashley Cameron, of Onawa.

After being charged with murder in the first degree Cameron's being held on a $1 million cash bond.

Back on February 11th Cameron called 911 from her home in Onawa.

Police found 15 month old Markis wasn't breathing, he had just been in the bathtub.

An autopsy showed he died from drowning, in what looks like homicide.

"He was in the bathtub and his face was being held under the faucet and his mouth and nasal cavity filled with water," said Special Agent in Charge Mitch Mortvedt, with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Police add that any time a child dies the investigation is hard on everyone.

"You've got to look at the paramedics, the law enforcement officers, the doctors, everybody involved, it is hard, but you have to remain professional and do your best to investigate the incident," said Jim Fouts, Onawa's Assistant Police Chief.

One of Ashley's neighbors who didn't want to go on camera Wednesday said she was devastated by the news.

She said Ashley is a good mom and she can't believe this happened.

Police couldn't comment on a lot of the details of the case, like whether or not Markis's death could have been accidental.

Under Iowa law, if a child dies while an adult shows "extreme indifference," - it's first degree murder.

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