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Toddler drowns while playing

Bahrain News
Mon, 14 Mar 2016
By Raji Unnikrishnan


By Raji Unnikrishnan

A BAHRAINI toddler was playing at her home in Malkiya when she drowned in a bucket of water, it has emerged.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Amina Abbas Atheya was with her cousins in the open area outside the house when the tragedy occurred, according to her uncle Ahmed Atheya.

“The family is yet to come to terms with the tragedy,” the 23-year-old brother of Amina’s father, Abbas, told the GDN yesterday.

“We do not know what exactly happened, but when the adults rushed to the scene after hearing other children shouting they saw Amina with her head down in the bucket.

“The bucket was almost a metre high and kept outside filled with water used for cleaning purposes.

“Amina was playing with the other children, but moved away from them and from what we could gather from her cousins, who are also children, it seems she was trying to peep into the bucket.

“It was around 3pm and she had almost collapsed when she was pulled out. She was rushed to the BDF Hospital where they declared her dead.

“The family is still in a state of shock, especially her mother.”

Mr Atheya denied the family’s carelessness led to Amina’s death.

“It was simply an unfortunate incident. It was not that she was left unmonitored by adults.

“She was with her cousins and as always they were playing and we did not even think that such a thing would happen.”

Amina was buried in Sanabis cemetery, next to her grandmother, yesterday morning.

The toddler was the youngest of three children of Abbas Atheya, a civil engineer from Adhari village.

His other children are Ali, nine, and six-year-old Fatima.

raji@gdn.com.bh