Toddler drowns while having a bath


A toddler drowned while having a bath with his brother, an inquest heard today.

Edward Warner-Simpson was found face down in the water by his mum who had gone to fetch the boys’ pyjamas.

The 21-month-old suffered “overwhelming brain damage” with “no hope of improvement”. He died four days later at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on April 17.

Edward was having a bath with his four-year-old brother at their home in Bletchley when their mum Zoe popped out for a “matter of moments”.

She called neighbours for help while emergency services were on their way, but the child never regained consciousness.

Today, while recording a verdict of hypoxic brain damage caused by drowning, Senior Coroner Tom Osborne described the death as a “tragic accident”.

He said: “It is every parent’s worst nightmare, leaving your children for literally two minutes to go and get pyjamas ready and returning to find the youngest child face down in a bath.

“It is a scene acted out hundreds of thousands of times every day across the country.

“But I simply have to record that Edward died as a result of a tragic accident.

“Thames Valley Police did a thorough investigation and found no third party involvement or suspicious circumstances.”

Mr Osborne offered Edward’s family his condolences. They were not present at the inquest today.

He added: “I would like to pass on my deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, and the wider family, in regards to the sad circumstances.”