Three-year-old almost drowned while her mother watched American Idol

A 3-year-old is in critical condition because her mother was so compelled by American Idol 7‘s results show last Thursday that she left her daughter alone in a bathtub, where the girl nearly drowned.

Sheila R. Brooks, 25, “left [her daughter] Sirius and her 1-year-old sister, Sereena, in the tub with about 9 inches of water and went into another room to get clothes,” the Indianapolis Star reports.

Her older daughter “stated that they were … watching ‘American Idol’ on TV … and her mother suddenly stated that she forgot and left the two youngest children in the tub,” according to a police report.

Brooks sent her older daughter to get the children, and she “found Sirius submerged and called for her mother,” the paper reports. Brooks was not charged, but the children “were placed in protective custody, police said.”

Mom watched ‘Idol’ while toddler nearly drowned, police say [Indianapolis Star]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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