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Baby Found Dead In Bucket Of Water

A family in Nabekavu, Labasa, are now mourning the loss of their 11-month-old baby. The baby’s mother, Filomena Lolou, said the baby may have drowned in a bucket of water, which
22 Jul 2016 10:26
Baby Found Dead In Bucket Of Water
Dead is 11-month-old Benedito Matenararawa (left) and grieving mother Filomena Lolou, 20. Photo: Shratika Naidu

A family in Nabekavu, Labasa, are now mourning the loss of their 11-month-old baby.

The baby’s mother, Filomena Lolou, said the baby may have drowned in a bucket of water, which she had used earlier to bathe him in. The incident took place after 1pm on Wednesday, Ms Lolou said.

“After giving my son, Benidito Matenararawa, a bath in a bucket at the kitchen I had put him to sleep in one of our rooms,” she said.

“Seeing him sleeping well, I decided to take a quick nap next to him on the mattress that was spread on the floor. At around 3pm my husband, Savirio Nalu, returned from town with his relatives. When he came inside the room he saw that the baby was not beside me, and then we searched around the house.

“My husband found him drowned inside a bucket in which I had used earlier to bathe him in.”

Ms Lolou suspects her baby had crawled out from their room.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro  said: “The drowning death toll for this year is 12 compared to 21 last year.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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