Published On: Mon, Feb 4th, 2013

Ryden Thomas, Pennsylvania toddler found drowned in bathtub, death was accident says coroner

A western Pennsylvania coroner says a toddler found dead in a bathtub likely died from drowning and it was likely an accident.

Coroner Michael Baker said 13-month-old Ryden Thomas was found unresponsive in a bathtub on Saturday and that the preliminary autopsy results showed no evidence of trauma or physical abuse to Ryden. He says the boy was in good health at the time of the accident.

The coroner says the boy’s mother told authorities that she left Ryden in the bathtub with his 2- and 3-year-old siblings for a few minutes while she tended to another matter. When she returned, Ryden was reportedly face-down in the water.

State police are investigating.

Ryden Thomas on his "Cars" toy

Ryden Thomas on his “Cars” toy


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  1. Beverly Payton says:

    It’s sad and frustrating that drowning remains the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 despite continuous public education efforts by the Drowning Prevention Foundation, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission’s Pool Safely campaign and so many others. Parents and caregivers of young children, never, EVER leave a young child unattended in or around ANY body of water, including swimming pools, hot tubs, ponds, bathtubs, buckets, toilets, etc. If you must leave the room when your toddler is in the bath, wrap him or her in a towel and take him with you. Also prevent a child’s access to swimming pools and spas by installing 4-sided isolation fencing that separates the pool from the house and surrounding yard area. Many child drowning victims slipped out a patio door and fall into the family pool when the parent or caregiver was momentarily distracted.

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