Police in Florida are investigating the death of a young mother as suspicious after she was found unresponsive on the floor of her bathroom in Jacksonville, her 18-month-old son trapped but safe alongside her.
Although police have not publicly identified the woman, 22, or her child, law enforcement officers indicate that evidence found at the scene suggests foul play may have been involved. Cops did not say what evidence may have shed light on the eventual death of the young mother in Jacksonville.
According to the Miami Herald, the mother was originally discovered on the floor of the bathroom by concerned friends after she had neither been seen nor spoken to in some time:
“Friends forced their way into the woman’s home Saturday night because they hadn’t heard from her in two days. They found the unidentified woman unresponsive on the bathroom floor. Her son was also found in the bathroom, but was not injured.”
The nature of the woman’s condition or injuries at the time she was found by friends was not disclosed to press after the incident. According to Jacksonville.com, the woman and her son were both in the bathroom at the time they were located, and when the woman’s friends could not enter the apartment, police responded and found the mother and child:
“Sgt. Shawn Coarsey of the Sheriff’s Office said friends who hadn’t heard from the woman for about two days attempted to force their way into the home in the 5600 block of Chirping Way, then called police at about 8 p.m. The woman was found unresponsive in the bathroom, Coarsey said, along with her 18-month-old son, who was also in the bathroom. The child was in good condition, Coarsey said, but appeared to be hungry.”
Coursey said that the young woman was transported to a hospital, but died Saturday night. It was not immediately clear how much time passed between the woman’s admission to the hospital and her passing, and police confirm an autopsy is planned to determine cause of death for the Jacksonville mother.
The young mother’s boyfriend previously resided in the home in which she was found, but was incarcerated at the time of her death.