States Attorneys Office reviewing case.
It's a mother's worst nightmare! To put your child in the bathtub...turn your back, or step away...and come back and find your baby under water....that's exactly what happened in Hagerstown Wednesday evening to Taria King when she put her 6 month old child in the tub. Sgt. Andrew Lewis, with the Hagerstown Police Department, said Ms. King stepped away, for an undetermined amount of time, and when she returned, the infant was lying in the water unresponsive. "She immediately removed him and called 911, he was transported to Meritus Medical Center for treatment, but the child succumbed to what is believed to be the effects of drowning. Children, especially, infants can't keep their heads up above water. Never leave an infant alone in water. Even if it's an inch of water. They can easily drown," said Sgt. Lewis.
Although it appears the death of the child is accidental, the Washington County States Attorneys Office is checking to see if any negligence was involved.
CPSC recommends parents and caregivers follow these safety tips when children are around bathtubs, spas, buckets, or decorative ponds or fountains:
Never leave young children alone near any water. Young children can drown in even small amounts of water.
Always keep a young child within arm's reach in a bathtub. Never leave to answer the phone, answer the door, get a towel or for any other reason. If you must leave, take the child with you.
Don't leave a baby or toddler in a bathtub under the care of another young child.
Never leave a bucket containing even a small amount of liquid unattended. Toddlers can fall headfirst into buckets and drown. After using a bucket, always empty and store it where young children cannot reach it. Buckets left outside can collect rainwater and are a hazard.
Prevent children from gaining access to spas or hot tubs when not in use; always secure with safety covers and barriers.
Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). It can be a lifesaver when seconds count.