She disciplined her two-year-old daughter by dunking her head in the tub

She disciplined her two-year-old daughter by dunking her head in the tub

When the girl peed herself, her mother submerged her head into a filled bathtub took her to a filled bathtub and allegedly submerged her. Then the mother noticed the the air bubbles coming had stopped.

It’s normal for parents to lose their temper. After all, every parent has lost theirs at one point or another. But this Brooklyn mom stretches the concept to its very limits after she drowned her 2-year-old daughter in the tub.

Police sources said that mother Lin Li disciplined her daughter Melody Pheng by making her stand up facing a wall for several hours on Sunday night at the family's home.

When Melody peed herself, Lin took her to a filled bathtub and allegedly submerged her.

Then Lin noticed the the air bubbles coming from Melody had stopped.

Melody’s father rushed to the bathroom  and gave his daughter CPR, but he failed to revive her.

She was brought to Maimonides Hospital. Melody died soon thereafter.

According to police sources, they began investigating Melody’s death as a homicide because the hospital alerted them about bruises on her 4-year-old brother’s neck—a sign of abuse.

Learn more about the faces of abuse on the next page!

Faces of abuse

There are many types of child abuse, from physical to emotional to sexual. Even neglect is considered child abuse. offers these statistics.

  • 28.3% of adults report being physically abused as a child. Physical abuse is when a parent or caregiver causes any non-accidental physical injury to a child.
  • 20.7% of adults report being sexually abused as a child. Sexual abuse occurs when an adult uses a child for sexual purposes or involves a child in sexual acts. It also includes when a child who is older or more powerful uses another child for sexual gratification or excitement.
  • 10.6% of adults report being emotionally abused as a child. When a parent or caregiver harms a child’s mental and social development, or causes severe emotional harm, it is considered emotional abuse.

Meanwhile, child neglect is when a parent or caregiver does not give the care, supervision, affection and support needed for a child’s health, safety and well-being.

This includes: Physical neglect, inadequate supervision, emotional neglect, medical neglect, and educational neglect.

READ: THIS is what Filipino parents should do to discipline their child!

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