Toddler drowns in pail of water

KOTA BARU - Soffiyah Mustaffa just turned 1 yesterday but plans for her birthday celebration turned sour after she was found drowned.

The youngest of six siblings drowned after falling into a pail of water at her home in Pengkalan Chepa here.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Azham Othman said the girl and her 10-year-old brother were playing in the living room of the double-storey home when the incident happened about noon.

"Her brother rushed down after seeing his sister fall into the pail. He then alerted her mother who brought the toddler to the Pengkalan Chepa clinic. From there, she was transferred to Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital."

However, the girl was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

The toddler's parents, when met at the hospital mortuary, refused to say anything. The victim's mother, in her 40s, was still in shock and was surrounded by other relatives waiting to claim the body.