Toddler drowns in bathtub in tragic accident

OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro toddler drowned Tuesday night at a home near S.W. 59th St. and Sooner Rd.

The 2-year-old boy, D’Angelo Fossett, was pronounced dead after drowning in the bathtub.

Family members did not want to talk about the incident.

Police said it appears to have been an accident.

Experts said it’s a tragedy that only takes seconds.

“According to the mother, she was giving the child a bath,” OKC Police Lt. Jeff Cooper said. “She stepped away for a moment and when she stepped back in, the child was upside down in the water.”

The child was rushed to a hospital where he later died.

It’s an accident experts said is preventable.

Lisa Rhoades, with the Oklahoma Child Death Review Board, said, “Drowning has always been second only to motor vehicle collisions as far as unintentional injuries go.”

Rhoades said in the last three years there have been 333 accidental deaths involving Oklahoma children.

Of those, 62 were drownings and 20 percent of those were in bathtubs.

Rhoades said a drowning can happen in seconds.

She said that’s why active supervision is essential, meaning not only should you be in the room but your eyes should be on your child.

“The person will ring the doorbell again, the person will call back,” Rhodes said. “Those Facebook messages are always going to still be there. So, just take the time to stay with the child, see the child, know what the child is doing and then worry about those other distractions later.”

Rhoades said a child should not be allowed to bathe alone until they are around school age.

She also encourages parents to learn CPR in case of an emergency.

Another note, it doesn’t take much water for a drowning; a child can drown in as little as two inches of water.
Officials on the Child Death Review Board said it is a very silent activity, which is one reason they said you need to have your eyes on your child, not your phone or a book while they are in the tub.