Trial set for Clarksville mom charged with allowing baby to drown

CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — A Montgomery County jury is scheduled to hear the case of a Clarksville mom charged with the drowning death of her infant daughter.

Nicole Pamblanco is charged with the death of 8-month-old Abigail, who died after drowning in a bathtub in August 2013.

On Aug. 22, Clarksville Police were called to the Northwood Terrace home of Pamblanco and found CPR being performed on the unresponsive infant, according to a previous report.

Pamblanco said she went to give Abigail a bath, put the baby in the bathtub and began running the water. She heard a knock at the door and went to quickly check on it. She said she got caught up with the friend stopping by and the children running in and out and she completely forgot about the baby, according to the report.

Abigail was taken by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Children's Medical Center in Nashville. She was removed from life support and breathing on her own, but her condition worsened over time and led to her death six days later on Aug. 28.

According to the records, Abigail died after her brain suffered a complete herniation and she suffered brain death.

Pamblanco was indicted in October 2013 and charged with reckless homicide and child abuse.

Pamblanco appeared in Judge John H. Gasaway's court on Wednesday, and it was announced that her jury trial is certain.

The jury trial is scheduled to begin July 23 at 8:30 a.m.

Reckless homicide is a Class D felony punishable by two to four years for a Range I offender. If convicted, a person must serve 30 percent of their sentence before being eligible for parole.


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