Gopolang Chawane
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19 Feb 2016
1:22 pm

Probe into toddler’s bathtub drowning continues

Gopolang Chawane

The child reportedly slipped under water in a bathtub.

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Investigations surrounding the death of an 18-month-old boy who drowned after his mother allegedly left him in a bathtub continues.

It is alleged the mother had left the toddler in the tub on his own for only a few seconds to fetch clothes from another room. The child then slipped under water in her absence.

The incident occurred in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, two weeks ago, Rekord East reported.

Emer-G-Med spokesperson Braam Kruger said the medics had arrived at the scene to an unresponsive baby. They conducted CPR and it took a long time before the boy finally showed some sign of life – a weak pulse.

The baby was then rushed to hospital. He died shortly after his arrival.

Garsfontein police spokesperson Warrant Officer Dave Miller said an investigating officer was in regular contact with the bereaved family.

“This was a very sensitive time for the family,” added Miller.

Netcare911 spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said they found Emer-G-Med on the scene performing CPR on the toddler and assisted in the medical procedures.

A close family contact confirmed the toddler was laid to rest on Monday at 10am.

In a separate incident, a three-year-old boy drowned during a preschool outing at Gillooly’s Dam, on Gauteng’s East Rand, last year.

Bedfordview police spokesperson Sergeant Mduduzi Nhlabathi said the child was among a group of preschool pupils who visited the park. According to Graham Dickson, who owns a restaurant near the dam, a distressed woman approached patrons for help.

“My son and I initially thought she needed to bring the children into our restaurant. Instead, she screamed out that a baby was in the water,” said Dickson.

The child was taken from the water and a patron administered CPR on the boy until the paramedics arrived at the scene. They later declared the child dead.

– Caxton News Service