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In a horrible reminder that small children will self-destruct at a moments notice, on February 12 a toddler in Shenzhen drowned in a bucket of water while her mother played mahjong next door.
Xiao Qiongfen had been left playing by herself in a neighbour’s apartment while her mother played mahjong and her father was performing a Spring Festival paper burning ritual. She was found drowned at 4pm, in a bucket containing only 80cm of water, according to the Southern Metro Daily.
Worryingly, Xiao Qiongfen’s death follows something of a trend in Shenzhen. In January, three unattended toddlers fell from buildings in the city, two died and the other sustained severe injuries.
According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, bathtubs and buckets are the most common causes of drowning among infants. In the UK in 2007, a toddler drowned after falling into a bin containing a mere 20cm of water.
[Via: The Nanfang]