An 11-month-old boy drowned in a bathtub Saturday night after his mother walked away for just a few moments, she told police.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department homicide detectives and youth services detectives were reviewing the death, which happened at about 9:20 p.m. at a Farmhurst Drive home in southwest Charlotte.
Emergency workers transported the baby to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Police didn't identify the Charlotte family.
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Children under 4 have the highest drowning rate of any age group and account for 80 percent of all home drownings, according to the National Safe Kids Campaign.
It's also the second-leading cause of death for children age 1 to 14 years, according to the nonprofit safety advocacy group.
Child drownings typically occur in pools and bathtubs. A child can drown quickly and silently in one inch of water, the groups warns.
Bathing babies safely
Always stay within arm's length and never take your eyes off the baby.
Collect all bathing materials, including soap, shampoo and cloth, before bringing baby into bathroom.
Bath seats and bath rings should only be used with children who can sit upright unassisted.
If a bath seat/bath ring moves or tips while baby is in it, discontinue use.
A bath seat will give your child added support but won't protect from injury or drowning.
www.surebaby.com; Consumer Product Safety Commission