A toddler who was left unattended for ‘a minute or so’ at bath time has sadly drowned.
Leila Sofia Riquelme, from Brisbane, was just a few weeks from turning two when she drowned in a bath at her grandfather’s in New Zealand where her family were visiting for a wedding.
He had left her for a matter of minutes while he attended to her four-year-old sister in March 2014, Daily Mail reports.
Mr Riquelme had left the door open and was listening out for trouble while the little girl bathed in the family’s room while on holidays at the Wellington Rydges Hotel.
However, he did not hear her drown.
New Zealand coroner Garry Evans has ruled the death an accident, stating that Mr Riquelme had taken precautions and done his best to revive his granddaughter once finding her body.
‘The facts of his very safe case illustrate again the importance of constant watchfulness over children in a water environment of any kind,’ his report said.
‘In this care Leila drowned within the space of one minute or so.’
So devastating for the family. It really does happen so quickly.
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