Doncaster coroner’s warning after toddler drowns in garden pond

Doncaster coroner Nicola Mundy
Doncaster coroner Nicola Mundy

A coroner has issued a warning after an “outgoing” toddler drowned in a garden fishpond whilst his grandfather was tending to his baby sister, an inquest heard.

Oliver Liversidge, aged 15 months, walked through an unlocked child gate and a dining room chair, being used as a barrier at the back door, into the garden.

The youngster then made his way to the pond through a wooden garden gate, believed to have been knocked open by a family dog.

The court heard Alan Melia was trying to settle his granddaughter when he realised Oliver was missing from the house.

After a frantic search Mr Melia found his grandson face down in the pond near a waterfall at the property in Fitzwilliam Court, Rawmarsh.

Mr Melia who had been baby sitting his grandchildren when tragedy struck on June 27 carried out CPR on Oliver before medics arrived.

Oliver, of Oak Road, Wath-Upon-Dearne was taken to Rotherham General Hospital but despite extensive resuscitation attempts the youngster was pronounced dead.

Recording a verdict of accidental death Coroner Nicola Mundy said: “I hope this may serve to highlight to others the danger of ponds to children and about the importance of being so meticulous about putting barriers in place to prevent children from gaining unsupervised access to ponds.”

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