Dying Too Young: William Vernon McGowan

Oklahoman Modified: March 27, 2009 at 5:46 pm •  Published: March 25, 2009

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Name: William Vernon McGowen

Age: 3

Place of residence: Oklahoma City

Died: March 21, 2007

What happened: William, who had Down syndrome, drowned after being left unattended in the bath tub by his mother, Alzaina Barnard. Barnard initially told Oklahoma City police she had left the child alone for only a few minutes, but later admitted it had been more than two hours while she played a card game on the Internet. She was sentenced Sept. 5 to five years in prison and 10 years of probation for child neglect.

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