Unattended Baby Drowns in Bathtub Seat
|This investigation was initiated
from a Medical Examiner's report, which indicates that a 7 month old baby
boy drowned in a bathtub, after he was left unattended in a baby seat. The
investigation revealed that, on 02/15/95, at approximately 6:55 pm, a mother
found her 7 month old son underwater, lying on his side with his face toward
the bathroom door, in an adult-size bathtub in their apartment. The mother
observed that her 7 month old son's bath tub seat, which he had been sitting
in, was flipped over in the bathtub, and the suction cups on the bottom
of the bathtub seat were facing upward. The mother contacted "911",
and she attempted CPR until the ambulance arrived. The 7 month old boy was
taken to the hospital, and he was placed in life support machines.
Never rely on a bathtub seat or ring to keep babies safe.
Don't answer the phone or doorbell and leave your baby alone or with other small children.
CPSC is aware of at least 28 bath seat deaths, and over 30,000 bathtub and shower injuries to children under 5 in 1993.