California grandmother tells police she intentionally drowned 4-year-old grandson in bathtub


FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KRON) — Police say the 51-year-old grandmother admitted to drowning her 4-year-old grandson Tuesday morning in a bathtub at her home in Fairfield.

Dawn Diana Raines-Hewes, of Fairfield, was arrested Tuesday evening and booked into the Solano County jail for murder. She is being held without bail.

Fairfield police say Raines-Hewes confessed to “the intentional act of drowning” her grandson, Richard Kite.

Police dispatch received a call at 10:51 a.m. Tuesday morning of a drowning in the 1400 block of Jefferson Street.

Officers and fire personnel arrived on scene and attempted to resuscitate the boy but efforts were unsuccessful, said police spokeswoman Ofc. Rebecca Belk

“The baby was placed inside a bathtub and intentionally drowned by Raines-Hewes,” police said.

According to police, there were two other grandchildren in the home, a 1-year-old girl and 6-year-old girl, also under the care of Raines-Hewes. They were unharmed, police said.

Two granddaughters, ages 1 and 6, were also in Raines-Hewes care at the time of Kite’s death. They were unharmed, according to police.

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