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On October 9 at 1 A.M., emergency responders in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture received a call from a frantic young mother whose baby boy had nearly drowned in the bathtub. If only she hadn’t been distracted by the Internet, this horrifying ordeal could have been avoided entirely.

Long before dawn on October 9, Aichi’s fire department personnel rushed to the scene of a one-room apartment in Kariya City, where a 10-month-old baby boy nearly drowned after his mother (24) left him unattended in the bathtub. An announcement by prefectural police explains that after bathing her infant son, the woman removed the plug from the tub’s drain pipe and left the room while her baby was still lying inside, thinking that the water would soon recede.

Unbeknownst to her, a bath toy covered the drain and stopped the flow of water when there was still about a foot (30 cm) of liquid left in the tub. The mother said that she “was engrossed by the Internet in the other room” at the time of the incident, and was shocked to find her son floating face-down in the water when she went back to get him.

Apparently, the young mother is currently unemployed and the apartment where she was staying is actually that of a male friend, though at the time of the near-drowning, the woman and her infant were the only two people present.

As of right now, there is no news as to baby boy’s status or state of recovery, just that he was unconscious and in critical condition when he was rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night. We have to hope that he will pull through this somehow, without suffering any lasting damage. No email or Internet meme could ever be worth neglecting the health of an infant.

Source: Yomiuri Online via Hachima Kikou
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