A father let his toddler drown in a river while he got drunk with pals, then told the girl’s grieving mother to ‘just get over it,’ it is claimed.
Isaac McEwan, 21, is said to have made the comment after 18 month-old Heaven McEwan was pulled from the White River near Hartford, Vermont, in July, although he denies doing so. The toddler was rushed to hospital foaming from the mouth and nostrils, where she died the next day.
McEwan and girlfriend Laura Shaw, 28, were arraigned on charges of child endangerment Tuesday after they allegedly ignored Heaven and her three year-old sister to swig alcoholic Twisted iced tea with pals.
He claims to have lost sight of his daughter for less than a minute, but doctors insist the nature of Heather’s injuries suggest she was submerged for far longer.
The youngster’s mom Teresa Terrazas has given Metro US permission to reproduce a heartbreaking photo of Heaven’s final hours on life support.
And she is disgusted at both her ex’s alleged attitude, as well as the charges he now faces.
Teresa, who shared two daughters with McEwan, told Metro US: ‘It was his weekend with our girl. We have two kids together.
‘He called me about 6:00pm July 22nd and told me “Get to the hospital now something bad has happened to Heaven.”
‘He wouldn’t say what so the whole ride there I was frantic and thinking the worst.
‘His face was blank when I got to the hospital and he never apologized or anything.
‘At one point he told me to “Just get over it.”‘
McEwan has denied ever making the ‘Get over it’ remarks to Teresa. He told Metro US: ‘I am very bothered by everything that has been happening.
‘I never told her to get over nor did I let my daughter die I tried for 30 minutes giving CPR because the ambulance services took so long to get there.
‘I have had Teresa making up lies when in reality I am a father in a time of suffering trying to cope with everything that has gone on and still be able to make it to work and appointments and get things figured out.’ He also insisted that he is a caring father to his older daughter.
Teresa is furious that McEwan is only facing a ‘slap on the wrist’ over Heaven’s death.
She is now trying to wrestle full custody of the daughter she currently co-parents with him. Further charges of child cruelty have been dropped, with McEwan and Shaw free on bail ahead of their next court hearing.
Heaven, described as ‘loving, happy and friendly’ by her mom, died after struggling in the water under the Quechee-West Hartford Bridge.
McEwan and Shaw also face obstruction of justice charges amid claims they lied about what happened afterwards.
The couple, who had been dating for several months, brought Heaven and her two year-old sister to pick berries, and swim beneath the Quechee-West Hartford Bridge.
They were joined by two friends, and spent the afternoon swigging Twisted Teas on the riverbank beach, until McEwan realized Heaven was missing, it is claimed.
He found the youngster floating in the water under the bridge and dialed 911.
Heaven was rushed to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and put on life support, but succumbed to her injuries two days later.
Valley News reported that McEwan denied drinking alcohol during an interview with police.
He was on probation for a careless driving charge at the time, with its terms banning him from boozing.
McEwan told police he’d lost sight of Heaven for less than a minute while picking berries with her daughter, then spotted her in the river.
Shaw backed up her story, and said she had been looking at her phone throughout.
But eyewitness John Tidwell offered a different version of events, saying he saw Heaven floating in the water while the youngster’s sister ran to alert McEwan.
Asked if the dad and his friends had been paying attention to the children, he said no, and added that they were ‘standing on the bank, hanging out.’
McEwan and Shaw claimed they’d been at the river for just 30 minutes before Heaven drowned.
But police found numerous cans of Twisted Tea littering the area, suggesting they’d been there longer.
And one of McEwan’s friends – Cassandra Shea – said Shaw had been ‘shotgunning’ drinks during the time she claimed to be watching Heaven.
She alleged that McEwan ‘coached’ her on how to lie to police, and told her: ‘Just tell them that you were too drunk to remember anything.’
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