HEARTBREAKING END Girl, 3, drowned in bath after turning taps on herself when left alone, inquest told

Iris-Mae was left alone for 25 minutes before her mum found her unresponsive

A TODDLER drowned in the bath after turning the taps on while she was left alone, an inquest heard.

Iris-Mae Aubrey was found unresponsive by her mum at the family home in Abetillery, South Wales.

Iris-Mae Aubrey drowned in the bath after being left alone
Iris-Mae Aubrey drowned in the bath after being left aloneCredit: WNS

Tragically the three-year-old couldn't be saved and was declared dead less than hour later.

An inquest heard how Iris-Mae had been collected early from school that day after falling ill.

She was looked after by her gran until mum Chelsea and dad Ryan returned home from work that afternoon.

After vomiting on her pyjamas, Ryan ran the youngster a bath before Chelsea checked it was half-filled to her daughter's waist.She then went downstairs to grab a towel and clean up at around 8.25pm.

The court was told Iris-Mae would often call her mum to let her know she was ready to get out the bath.

But around 25 minutes later, Chelsea went upstairs to find the tub fully filled with water with her unresponsive daughter inside.

Senior Gwent coroner Caroline Saunders said it appeared Iris-Mae had managed to turn on the bath taps while she was left unattended.Ruling her death was a tragic accident, she added: "This was a terrible event which will never leave the family."

A GoFundMe page set up to help Iris-Mae's family following the tragedy in September last year reached more than £10,000.

Ayesha Powell, who set up the page, said: "On the 26th September 2023, Ryan and Chelsea faced the most horrific and difficult situation any parents could face, when their precious 3 year old daughter passed away.

"Iris-Mae was a beautiful, clever, funny, little girl who is going to be missed dearly by all those who knew her.

"Iris-Mae’s parents, little brother Oliver, who she was the best big sister too, and the rest of her family, have all had their lives changed forever."

Iris-Mae turned on the taps herself when she was left by herself
Iris-Mae turned on the taps herself when she was left by herselfCredit: WNS
The coroner ruled her death was an accident
The coroner ruled her death was an acciden

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