Babysitter remanded over toddler’s bath time tragedy

BALIK PULAU: A 17-month-old girl died after she was submerged underwater briefly, said Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A. Anbalagan.

A 43-year-old woman has been remanded.

“Preliminary investigations found that the nanny filled a basin with water to bathe the toddler around 11am on Tuesday.”

“She forgot to get a towel so she went out to get one, which was apparently just 10 steps away from the bathroom.

“When she returned to the bathroom, the babysitter saw the girl’s head in the water and almost half her body was submerged while her feet were outside the basin, ” Supt Anbalagan said.

He said the babysitter immediately removed the girl from the basin and found that she was conscious.

After getting her dressed, she put the child to bed.

“About 30 minutes later, she found the toddler in a weakened state. She called for an ambulance and at the same time tried to perform CPR on the girl.

“The ambulance arrived at about 12.15pm, ” he added.

The child was sent from Batu Maung to the Penang Hospital.

“She was in critical condition and under specialist care at around 4pm on Tuesday, ” Supt Anbalagan said.

The girl died at 2am yesterday.

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