A Newport man is facing child cruelty charges after police say he fell asleep while his grandson nearly drowned in a swimming pool.
It happened July 5. Newport Police say they received a report of a near-drowning that took place earlier in the day after a three-year-old boy had been found unresponsive in the water and was taken to the hospital by a family member.
Police yesterday announced that Kevin West, 46, will face child cruelty charges. They say West was supposed to be supervising the child but allegedly fell asleep sitting near the pool. They say the child was playing, fell in, and was in the water for several minutes until other family members returned home.
Police say the child is currently alert and responsive and is recovering at a medical facility in Boston.