In Florida and other States, children are at risk for drowning even in a small amount of water. Most people realize that swimming pools and large bodies of water like rivers, lakes, ponds, and oceans pose a serious risk of drowning to children. Many people, however, do not realize that even a small amount of water like a bucket of water, sink, and puddle can also pose a real risk of drowning for a small children. In Fort Walton Beach, Florida, it was reported that a 2 year old (Conor Mattox) drowned in a bucket of water. The father reported to Okaloosa County deputies that he was cleaning the bathroom while the 2 year old was playing in his bedroom. There was a safety gate in place that the child may have knocked down and thereafter wandered to the area of the bucket of water in the house. The father called 911 for assistance. Since the death involved a child, an autopsy will be performed.
The death of Conor Mattox is certainly a tragedy for his family, friends, and the community. Accidents do happen even with the implementation of precautions like baby gates. Children can be very curious and do not have good safety awareness.
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