A nine-month-old baby tragically died after playing near a bucket of bleach.
What Happened To The Baby?
According to police reports, this baby boy had either died due to inhaling the toxic fumes or from drowning in the bucket of water. The exact cause of death is still being investigated. This incident happened in the town of Gandia, which is 50 miles south of Valencia, Spain, and it looked like the baby was left unsupervised next to such harmful substances. The bucket had allegedly had a mixture of bleach and water, and it was left in the kitchen. From the information that was gathered, this incident took place during the evening.
The police said in a statement that as of right now, it looked like the baby boy had been playing near the kitchen when the incident happened. So the child had either stuck his head into the bucket out of curiosity and died from drowning or had died from inhaling the toxic fumes. When the parents found the baby, he was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital, which was Gandia hospital. Unfortunately, the baby did not make it and died of cardiorespiratory arrest.
What Is Happening Now?
As of now, the police are still investigating the cause of death. They have revealed that the child’s death was an accident and that there were no other injuries on his body. Although murder was ruled out, the investigators are looking into whether the end of the child was due to his parents’ negligence.
How Many Children Die Due To Neglect Every Year?
Child deaths due to neglect have gone down a lot from what it used to be in the early 2000s. Although the numbers have gone down a lot, compared to what it was before, just in the US, one in four children are victims of neglect daily. And out of these, the majority of the children are less than three years old. Neglect is also a form of abuse and is punishable by the law. If parents are reported as being neglectful, child services have every right to remove the child from home, if the report is proven right.