Baby drowns in mop bucket after mum leaves her for a few minutes

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She would have turned one in 10 days.

Tragically, little Mariella Dalimata never got to celebrate her first birthday.

The baby girl died on Saturday, after she drowned at home. She had overbalanced and tipped head-first into a bucket that had been filled with water ready for mopping, Mirror reported.

Her mother had left the room for less than five minutes.


Now the money that her family had been saving up to celebrate her first birthday will be spent on her funeral.

Well-wishers are also donating to the bereaved family on and, as at 9.30am Aug 6, have raised US$4,835 (S$6,030) of the targeted US$5,000.

Police have found no evidence of foul play and are treating the tragedy as an “accidental death,” one which has left her parents, Kayla and Mark Dalimata, from Montana devastated.

Ms Brooke Schwab, Mariella’s aunt, confirmed that the little girl had been on her own for no more than four minutes.

She  said that the tragedy should remind other parents to “be aware of just how quick drowning can happen. We were planning to have a birthday party. We weren’t planning to have funeral expenses.”

Sources: Mirror, rtlec,