Essex

Langdon Hills toddler pool death "most tragic" accident

  • 9 January 2014
  • From the section Essex

A two-year-old boy died in Essex after drowning in a swimming pool in the "most tragic of accidents", a coroner has said.

Teddie Rainger was playing with his brother in a garden at Langdon Hills while his parents were getting ready for their wedding on 23 July 2013.

His mother found him at the bottom of the pool and he was taken to Basildon Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said he died as the result of an accident.

Mrs Beasley-Murray told the inquest at Chelmsford County Hall that the post-mortem examination results showed the toddler had drowned.

The court heard how the victim had been playing on decking near the house's pool.

The victim and his brother had been playing unsupervised outside for about 10 minutes.

He had been with his parents and grandparents.

Det Insp Lee Morton, from Essex Police, said at the inquest that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death despite a police investigation being opened.

Mrs Beasley-Murray said he had been a little boy with a "bright and happy future" in front of him.

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