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Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 2:21 pm | Updated: 2:31 pm, Wed Aug 17, 2011.

The parents of four small children have been arrested on suspicion of child abuse after their 11-month-old son nearly drowned in a bathtub with the water running at a Days Inn while they slept.

Summer Dawn Angelly, 23, and Jasen Anchondo, 28, who moved from California to Tempe about two months ago, were arrested by Tempe police Aug. 12, ending a weeklong investigation. About 9 a.m. on Aug. 5, police and emergency crews responded to a call of a boy not breathing at the motel, 1221 E. Apache Boulevard, and performed lifesaving measures on the 11-month-old. The child’s 4-year-old sister, who discovered her brother lying in the tub under the running faucet, woke her parents up and told them that the child was “asleep in the tub.”

Angelly then ran into the motel office screaming, and the manager ran to their room with a cell phone. Anchondo initially told the manager the child was “OK,” but police said the manager noticed that he did not appear to be breathing.

Police say Angelly and Anchondo initially provided false information before she admitted that they knew the child was left in the tub unsupervised and that she had placed him in the tub to wash him off after he soiled his diaper because they had run out of clean ones.

The child was revived with CRP and taken to a nearby hospital. He was released on Aug. 10, and is expected to make a full recovery, according to police. The four children, ages 4, 2 and 11-month-old twins, now are in the care of Child Protective Services.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6533 or msakal@evtrib.com

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