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Mother charged with murder in her three-year-old son's drowning death

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Mar 8, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police and homicide detectives are investigating the death of a toddler in the northwest part of the valley.

Police received a call from 30-year-old Christine Allen before 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the 7800 block of Clarkdale Drive, near Vegas and Buffalo drives, that she drowned her son in the bathtub.

Action News spoke to Allen's mother, who lives out of state. She confirmed it was her three-year-old son grandson Noah who died.  

Responding personnel transported the three-year-old, but he was pronounced dead at Summerlin Hospital Pediatrics.  

Allen has since been arrested on murder charges and is now at the detention center. She is also set to appear in court on an unrelated case, a misdemeanor charge for "unlawful use of system" involving her ex-husband.   

Allen lived in a second floor apartment with her young son. Neighbors said she had only lived there for about a month.

Her mother said her daughter came to Las Vegas two years ago, got married and divorced last year. She was trying to make it on her own. She said her daughter was taking medication for nerves.  

Police now believe Allen may have suffered a medical episode when she allegedly drowned her son. 

Nearby residents said she seemed like a sweet mother who took good care of her son, and saw no sign that this single mom was suffering.

The boy's father, according to a friend, was out of town when his son died. His family issued this statement: "Bry is an upstanding father who always did what was in the best interest of Noah. He paid for him to attend private school; his life revolved around his son. He was the kind of father that most women only dream they could have in a child's life. This is a devastating and heartbreaking situation. Noah will be forever missed and eternally loved. Do not give her an excuse for what she did because there is none. We can no longer hear his laughs of joy or experience his bursts of energy or life. Words cannot express our loss that will forever be heartbreaking. What kind of person could do such a thing, watch as she holds her own child under water as he fights for air, that kind of soul-less monster is she. Three years of life end by the hands of his own mother. I want everyone to hold their children and love them because I can no longer hold but the cold corpse of mine."  

The cause and manner of death will be released by the Clark County coroner’s office.

This is the 14th homicide investigated this year by the LVMPD.