Manchester

Toddler drinks caustic soda, burning throat and stomach

A toddler suffered burns to his throat and stomach when he drank a toxic chemical in a shop in Manchester.

The child grabbed a bottle containing caustic soda and drank some in the shop on Claremont Road, Moss Side, on Sunday.

He was admitted to Manchester Children's Hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.

Greater Manchester Police and Cheshire East Council Trading Standards are investigating.

It is understood the product was supplied by a company in Cheshire.

Supt Sarah Jones said: "Caustic soda is a highly toxic chemical commonly found in drain and oven cleaners.

"If it is touched, inhaled or swallowed it can cause severe burns. This little boy took a drink from a bottle and is now seriously ill in hospital."

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