Brooklyn Toddler Dies Tragically — and in a Way that Could Have Been Prevented

You can protect your kids for every possibly hazard around your home, but what happens when you leave the house?

You can live your day-to-day life frightened about all of the things that could happen to you children, or you can prepare them much as possible for the world beyond your driveway, ensure they are set up for success the best way you know how, do your part to make sure they are as loved and safe as can be, and simply hope they turn out in a healthy and happy manner.

Part of your job is to expect the unexpected and try to prevent it. You can plug up the electrical outlets, put a lock on the medicine cabinet and even decide to ban bean bag chairs from the house entirely.

But what happened to a 1-year-old from Brooklyn boy this week is so unspeakably tragic and horrifically sad, it’ll make you rethink how you really can get through your day-to-day life and keep your children safe whenever you leave the house.

The New York Daily News reports that a teenager in New York woke up on Tuesday morning and found his 1-year-old brother drowned in a toilet. He and his little brother were staying at an aunt’s house, and the tragedy occurred after everyone had gone to sleep for the night.

“(All the kids) were checked on,” a source told the newspaper. “Later, one of the siblings goes to use the bathroom . . . and finds the child unresponsive in the toilet bowl.”

Toilet locks are a common sight in house with toddlers. But what happens when you go stay with a relative or at a hotel? Do you bring a toilet lock with you? Do you also bring outlet covers? Can you prepare for every potentially dangerous situation?

It’s stories like one — as rare as they are — that make it easy to feel as if there is no way to protect your children. While most parents know a child can drown in as little as an inch of water, does it occur to you when you’re visiting your children’s grandparents to go to the same lengths that you do at home to protect them from every possible hazard?

Sometimes there are only questions and no answers. And lots and lots of tears and kisses

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