Details revealed of mother drowning baby
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
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Deputy District Attorney Elaine Casillas revealed shocking details of the drowning homicide of the three year-old daughter of then 23 year-old Jennifer Lynn Bigham at a home on Thrush Drive in Patterson, Jan. 14, 2010.

The descriptions were read during a hearing in Stanislaus County Superior Court to determine the future of the Castro Valley woman, which was postponed two weeks to Jan. 22 because doctors expected to testify on her current mental state had scheduling conflicts.

Relatives were unable to reach the child and Bigham who was in a locked master bedroom of the home. The 20 and 15 year-old relatives told police they heard the child say “no, no” and then struggle in the bathtub.

When police finally gained entry into the room they found Bigham wet with a stab-wound to her chest and Alexandrea in a bathtub.

Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Thomas D. Zeff ruled Dec. 7 that Bigham was insane at the time of the incident and therefore not guilty.

Zeff said the issue at hand is whether Jennifer Lynn Bigham, 25, is now sane.

Zeff said in court Tuesday Jan. 8 that Bigham could face the rest of her life in a mental institution.

Bigham and her 3-year-old daughter Alexandrea, both originally from the Hayward area, were visiting family members at Patterson home where the incident occurred.

Bigham was treated at a Modesto hospital for superficial, self-inflicted stab wounds to her chest the night of the incident and released into custody the next day.

Emergency crews responded to reports at about 6 p.m. the night of Alexandrea’s drowning.

Paramedics arrived and administered CPR, and the girl was flown by helicopter to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, according to sheriff’s officials. Doctors continued to attempt life-saving measures on the girl at the hospital, but she was declared dead at 9:50 p.m.

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