Man Sentenced For Child’s Accidental Drowning In Bathtub

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A 52-year-old man was sentenced in Ramsey County District Court on Tuesday for the 2009 drowning death of 18-month-old Brianna Rose Jackson.

Daniel Wright had a sentenced of four years in prison stayed and will spend 180 days in the Ramsey County Jail on a staggered sentence.

Wright pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter on April 4.

According to a criminal complaint, St. Paul Police were called to a residence in the 1600 block of Darlene Street in July of 2009 on a report that a child had drowned in a bathtub.

When officers arrived, Barbara Wright was performing CPR on the child. The child was eventually transported to United Children’s Hospital and later died.

Authorities said Daniel Wright was watching two children, including Jackson, in the bathtub. Wright took the other child out of the bathtub to dry him off and get him dressed, leaving Jackson alone and not within a view, according to the complaint.

Wright’s son discovered Jackson unresponsive in the bathtub a few minutes later, lying on her side and under water, according to the complaint. Wright’s son told authorities that Wright told him the child had been left unattended for about one-and-a-half minutes.

  • Children's RN

    It’s Children’s Hospital, St. Paul. Not United Children’s. They are two seperate hospitals. Good investigative reporting WCCO.

    • MamaTellie

      Not to negate your fierce loyalty to the hospital(s) in question…..but isn’t that kind of a ridiculous thing to comment about given the gravity of the article? A child is dead due to her caretaker’s negligence. Not really sure it matters much what the name of the hospital was that she was transported to.

      • Really???


        Glad you know all the facts that we don’t, not sure how you know all of that based on this acticle but glad you do.

        You know that the child is dead based on her caretakers “negligence”, good for you, thanks for the accurate reporting.

        As the parent of a former patient at “Childrens Hospital, St. Paul” I wil stand by Children’s RN, she (sorry if you are a he, not trying to make a gerealization) was simply trying to clarify a fact. Maybe in some strange way the next time one of the EMT’s or ambulance drivers gets a call and hears the destination that clarifaction may help.

        And while I am at it a huge thumbs up to CHSP and the people that work there, you people are awesome beyond explination!!!!!

        • LoveItOrLeaveIt

          A charge of Second Degree Manslaughter includes “negligence”. Learn about that which you speak.

  • MNMomof3

    This is so sad. How often do I have 2 children in the bathtub and have to get one out at a time. The only thing I would do differently is take the youngest child out first, but who knows why he took the other child first (I’m assuming the other child was older). I’m sure he’s devastated and this was truly an accident, not negligence deserving of prison time. So sad for everyone involved.

    • MamaTellie

      It IS negligence. You NEVER leave a young child alone in the tub….EVER. If he hadn’t left her alone, she’d still be alive. That IS negligence and it DOES deserve prison time…..he’ll be among many other people who I’m sure have to live with the consequences of their mistakes for the rest of their lives…..poor Brianna didn’t get a chance to even live hers. I’m sure he does feel terrible. He should.

  • mnbrant

    I really don’t get how someone can get 4 years from an accidental death.

    • MamaTellie

      Negligence. Had he stayed in the room like he should have, this never would have happened. I have 2 little ones that I bathe at the same time, and they both come out at the same time to get dried off, too. Dry them both off and then we go into the bedroom to change….or bring the kids clothes into the bathroom – I never leave my kids unattended in the bathtub for ANY reason, and now they’re 3 and 4. It’s his fault. Bottom line.

      • LoveItOrLeaveIt

        You do it EXACTLY the way I did. I agree! NEVER leave a child alone in the bath tub at such a young age.

  • n

    This is crazy, A women in Wisconsin just got community service for purposely leaving her child with a heroin user, but this guy gets a 4 year sentence for an accident. Or is it because he is a man?

    • MamaTellie

      That’s child abuse, not negligent death. The woman did something stupid and thank God the child didn’t get killed as a result. This man left a young child alone in the tub and she died. Huge difference between a child dying as a result of “an accident” (that should have never happened) and a woman leaving her child with a drug user and the child didn’t die.

  • MamaTellie

    And, to add, he didn’t get 4 years in prison…..if he violates his probation, he will go to prison…..he gets probation. What a joke. I wonder if they’ll still let him be a foster parent? He’s so good at it…..this is only about half of the article the newspaper printed.

  • cls

    Negligence is a hard term to define. Was it negligence that my friends son was unconscious in the pool that we were sitting by watching our children and missed the fact that he slipped in and went under unnoticed (there were about 9 children in the motel pool at the time). He survived. Would it have been negligence had the boy at the pool that day drown?

    Do we define negligence based on the outcome of the action or by the action itself?

  • cls

    Lately, I have noticed a lot of stories about ppl spending time behind bars because of mistakes that they have made. I thought bars were for criminals, in order to keep our communities safe.

  • Dave Seavy

    Thank Heaven we have Mama Tillie around to be the watch guard of the world. With her unbending thinking, we’d have eveyone locked up on a mere whim. Accidents happen in life, and not everyone is as perfect as Tillie. I sleep much better at night knowing we have a Tillie judging so harshly. I hope an accident never finds a way in to her life and she receives the same harshness she levies on the rest of the world.

  • Dave Seavy

    By the way, I intentionally misspelled her name so I can find out what sentence she would hand me for such a terrible deed.

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  • Valerie

    n…………..That’s what I was thinking too. This is a terrible accident & people hurt their kids all the time & we rarely hear about any time in prison they’re given. This guy was watching SOMEONE ELSE’S KIDS- (maybe his grandkids?) he probably doesn’t regularly watch/bathe kids & didn’t realize what the outcome would be of just leaving the other child in the tub for a few minutes. Sad for everyone.

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