Teen finds three-year-old sister drowned in kiddie pool

IPOH: A little girl was found drowned in a children’s swimming pool near her grandfather’s house in Tambun.

Perak police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said the three-year-old girl was found floating in the pool by her 15-year-old brother in the incident at about 6.30pm on Sunday.

He said family members rushed the girl to Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun.

“Initial investigation found that the pool belonging to the grandfather’s neighbour was located at the side of a house. Around the time of the incident, the victim was with her mother at the house visiting family, while her father had gone to send another relative back to their accommodation.

“At about 6.30pm, the victim’s brother found her and she was rushed to hospital,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Comm Mohd Yusri said police received notification on the death from the hospital in the evening.

He said the post-mortem found drowning to be the cause of death and the case is now being investigated under Section 33 of the Child’s Act for “leaving a child without reasonable supervision.”

He said this is the fourth case of drowning reported this year in Ipoh due to the negligence of parents or guardians, adding the police view such cases seriously.

On Feb 27, two siblings aged nine and eight drowned in a swimming pool at a club here.

On April 23, a four-year-old boy was found in a swimming pool near a kindergarten, and passed away six days later in hospital.

On April 25, a 21-month-old girl drowned in a pool of her grandfather’s house, also in Tambun.

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