A Centerville woman has been charged after the death of her 10-month-old son Tuesday night.

Brittney Kay Keller, 30, of Centerville, was charged with child endangerment causing death, a class B felony. She was also charged with possession of controlled substance second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor.

Centerville Police were dispatched to her home at 415 Drake Ave. at approximately 6:08 p.m. Tuesday for an unknown 911 call. Police say they located Keller kneeling next to her 10-month-old child on the kitchen floor.

The child, court documents say, was wrapped in a blanket and lips were blue. Keller was pushing on the child’s chest, police said.

Officers began CPR and transported the infant to MercyOne Centerville Medical Center as the ambulance service was busy, court documents say. The child was pronounced dead in the emergency room at the hospital.

In a police interview, authorities say Keller told them the infant and his sister were in the tub together, and she began running bath water but did not put the bath drain plug in. She told police she left the room to gather towels, pajamas and diapers and was gone for less than five minutes, court documents said.

When she returned, the two-year-old sister was on top of the infant and his face was under water, according to law enforcement’s account of her statement.

Officers said they conducted a search warrant and found marijuana located where both children could have accessed it. Officers found 1/4 gram of methamphetamine and 2 grams of marijuana in the home, according to court documents. Police say Keller admitted to smoking marijuana the night of May 20.

Child endangerment causing death is a class B felony, carrying a penalty of up to 25 years in prison.

Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian and can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian.com or by calling (641) 856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker



Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian. Prior to becoming editor, Ocker was a correspondent, sports editor and associate editor at the Daily Iowegian, and was the managing editor of the Knoxville Journal-Express.

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