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Naples Mother Remains Incarcerated on $50,000 Bond Following Charges in Baby’s Drowning

Naples Mother Remains Incarcerated on $50,000 Bond Following Charges in Baby’s Drowning

Described as an “amazing mom,” a Naples woman accused within the drowning death of her 8-month-old daughter in June will remain in jail.

Collier Circuit Judge John McGowan on Monday denied the Sept. 13 motion filed by public defender Kathleen Smith on behalf of Nicole Laber, 29.

Her husband, Shane Laber, said in correspondence Monday with this news organization that Nicole Laber made “a extremely bad alternative,” but “is definitely quite the amazing mom and person.”

He said having her motion denied is a “small battle.”

“My big battle is that I get custody of my boys,” Shane Laber said. He didn’t indicate what number of children the couple has.

Jail records indicate that Nicole Laber stays in custody on the Collier County Jail on a $50,000 bond since her June 23 arrest.

She’s charged with the aggravated manslaughter of her daughter. Authorities have not released the infant’s name.

In keeping with the affidavit, Nicole Laber, during a morning 911 call on June 17, claimed the kid had drowned in her dog’s water bowl.

Prior coverage:Naples mom confessed to baby’s drowning, court records indicate

Deputies had responded to her home around 7:40 a.m. June 17. They performed chest compressions on the infant until paramedics and firefighters arrived with advanced lifesaving measures and took over, the sheriff’s office reported.

Nicole Laber was crying hysterically and having difficulty speaking, in line with the report. Professionals at NCH North Hospital declared the infant dead.

When officers returned to the house, they saw the dog’s bowl was on the kitchen counter while a towel prolonged on the ground near the front door.

Next to the dog’s bowl, they saw a blue marijuana pipe with residue inside, the report indicates. Next to it, they reported seeing a container labeled as medical marijuana, prescribed to Nicole Laber.

Nicole Laber denied using the medical marijuana that morning.

Authorities said the underside of the tub appeared wet with fecal matter, while the drain seemed “stopped up with some kind of toy.”

Two days later, on June 19, Nicole Laber contacted authorities, saying she desired to review her original statements and adjusted her story, the report indicates.

Shane Laber told authorities he suspected she lied to him in regards to the drowning when he saw the fecal matter on the tub. He confronted his spouse and she or he confessed that the kid had drowned in the tub, the report indicates.

She then told authorities she left her daughter with around 1 or 2 inches of water as she went to the opposite restroom in the home. She said she found her daughter floating unresponsive.

Deputies determined Nicole Laber had left the infant unattended in a bath while strapped to a booster seat, which tipped, trapping the kid.

“It became evident that the kid victim drowned within the water that the defendant herself had initially filled the tub with,” the arrest affidavit says.

Nicole Laber is next due in court Dec. 14 for a case management conference.


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