Police: Woman arrested for 'attempting to drown her baby'

A woman is in police custody after an infant was hospitalized in Klamath Falls on Tuesday.

Posted: Jun 11, 2019 4:04 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2019 5:33 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Police arrested a Klamath Falls woman on Tuesday after hospital staff reported that she had attempted to drown her 9-month-old baby girl, according to the Klamath Falls Police Department (KFPD).

The investigation began in the early morning hours of Tuesday morning when staff at Sky Lakes Medical Center called police following the 9-month-old's hospitalization.

"The infant had been transported by family members to ensure the infant was medically stable," KFPD said.

Officers arrested 27-year-old Davie Lamburth in the 100-block of East Lowell Street on Tuesday morning around 10 a.m. The baby has since been removed from her home and placed with a family member.

According to KFPD, detectives interviewed witnesses and Lamburth herself, finding out that she'd attempted to drown her daughter in the bathtub of the home she shared with her boyfriend and his grandmother.

"Detectives also learned Davie Lamburth was unsuccessful only due to the fact her boyfriend’s grandmother intervened," the agency said. It was the grandparents who rushed the 9-month-old to Sky Lakes.

A probable cause statement filed by the arresting officer claims that Lamburth believed her daughter had "fish characteristics" — and if the child died, she would "come back as an animal."

Lamburth had also tried to harm her daughter days earlier, according to the officer's statement. She said that she "wanted to hurt" the baby, and described trying to suffocate the child with her hands. Lamburth's boyfriend intervened on that occasion, the officer said.

KFPD said in a press release that Lamburth also admitted to using meth and heroin leading up to the incident.

Lamburth was lodged in the Klamath County Jail on two counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Attempted Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree. The case is still under investigation.

Lamburth has recent — although not extensive — criminal history. In October of 2018, she was arrested for punching her boyfriend in the face. She was convicted of Assault in the Fourth Degree after entering a guilty plea and given 18 months of probation. Part of the conditions of her probation included having no contact with her boyfriend.

Prior to the Assault charge, Lamburth has no documented criminal history in Oregon.

(This article updated 6/12/19 with additional information from court records.)

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