Woman indicted in toddler’s drowning death, meth found in child’s system

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A Sabine Parish Parish woman has been indicted on Second Degree Murder charges in the drowning death of her two-and-a-half-year-old son.

On Monday a grand jury returned the indictment against 23-year-old Christina Rivers, of Noble, La.

The charges stem from the drowning death of Mason Rivers back on June 16, 2017 in Zwolle.

Sabine Parish Coroner Ron Rivers said the toxicology results also indicated that the toddler had Methamphetamines in his system.

The indictment is under the provision of Second Degree Murder that deals with a death when there is no specific intent to kill but the offender is engaged in cruelty to a juvenile.

Cruelty to a juvenile includes criminal neglect of a child which causes unjustifiable pain or suffering.


At around 2pm sheriff’s deputies were called to Mayfield Loop in Zwolle for a child drowning.

According to the Ron Rivers, Sabine Deputy corner, the child’s mom identified as Christina Rivers , left 2 year old Mason Rivers playing with Toys in the living room while she went to take a bath.

When she returned from her bath she could not find Mason anywhere in the home.  She knew that the child had learned to get out of the home.  So, she went outside to look for him.

She could not find him, so she called a neighbor to help. They found the child at a swimming pool next door.  The child was found in a jacuzzi attached to the swimming pool.

Rivers says it looks like the child slipped and fell in the jacuzzi.  An autopsy has been ordered and the drowning remains under investigation. 

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