Baby-sitter Kristal Khan was awakened from a NyQuil-induced sleep by her young son telling her the 11-month-old boy she was supposed to be watching had toppled into a bucket of water.
"Mommy, James is in the water," the 4-year-old boy told Khan, according to the baby-sitter's videotaped statement given to prosecutors in the hours after James Farrior drowned on June 15, 2009.
Khan went to the kitchen of the Richmond Hill home that doubled as a daycare center and found the baby upside down.
"I saw James half in and half out of the bucket," Khan said on the video played for Queens jurors Thursday. "I picked him up and tried to rub his back."
Later on the same videotape, she used a plastic baby doll to show prosecutors how the boy was bent at the waist leaning into the bucket.
Khan, 29, faces four years in prison on the reckless assault charge.
Assistant District Attorney Leigh Bishop suggested the youngster may have drowned chasing after a yellow rubber ducky that was found in the bottom of the bucket.
The 8-gallon bucket held 6 inches of water.
Khan claimed she filled it the night before so she could mop up food coloring her daughter had spilled on the kitchen floor.
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