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Grandmother Arrested, Accused of Deliberately Drowning 4-Year-Old Grandson in Bathtub

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FAIRFIELD —

The grandmother of a 4-year-old boy who drowned in a bathtub at a Fairfield home on Tuesday morning has been arrested, according to police.

Police and fire crews arrived to a home on the 1400 block of Jefferson Street and tried to resuscitate the boy. First responders were unsuccessful, and the child died.

Police deemed the death suspicious. Investigators determined the young boy was placed in the bathtub and was allegedly intentionally drowned by his grandmother, Dawn Diana Raines-Hewes, 51, of Fairfield.

Fairfield police told FOX40 they suspect Raines-Hewes intentionally drowned her grandson based on statements made by people on scene as well as family members who arrived after the boy died. Police said those family members made statements about the woman’s history, but they were not able to further elaborate. Police said they did not believe she had a criminal history or any past CPS cases.

Two other grandchildren, a 1-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl, also under the care of Raines-Hewes, were unharmed. The two girls are in protective custody.

The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information at this time. A motive has not been released.

Raines-Hewes was arrested and booked into the Solano County Jail on murder charges. She is being held without bail.