'No one is to blame' – Dad of toddler who drowned in bin used to save water

2017-12-15 11:57
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Cape Town - The father of a 20-month-old boy who drowned in a bin containing water on Sunday has said no one is to blame for the toddler’s death.

Daniel Weber and his wife Debbie, from Rondebosch in Cape Town, left their two children, Connor and Grace, in the care of a nanny before they left for work.

A panic-stricken nanny discovered Connor was missing and contacted the parents who rushed home immediately.

By the time they arrived, the nanny had found Connor’s drowned body in a bin used to save water.

His heart was still beating when they rushed the little boy to Red Cross Hospital, where he later died, IOL reports.

Speaking to CapeTalk’s John Maytham, Daniel said he believes that the nanny “loved him like a son” and that no amount of blame or anger will bring him back.

“It was just a tragic event and we keep on playing it in our minds how we could've changed things, do we get angry, is there blame – no matter what, we can’t change the fact that we can't bring him back.”

The family is still in shock over the little boy’s death.

“The amount of water that Connor drowned in was so small, it’s beyond belief. It just made us think that everyone needs to be aware and vigilant of any open water on their premises,” he said.


He explained that the family regularly leaves bins outside when it rains in an attempt to save water and that they took steps to ensure that it was safe.

“We used to cover them. There’s normally something in front of the bin that stops him from getting to the bin, but I moved it. After this whole thing we were saying, with bath water – you never think your child could fall into the bath but it can happen.”

The Webers have been public about their loss and have used their tragedy to spread awareness.

He has a great appreciation for the staff at the Red Cross Hospital who he says treated his family with “such care and respect”.

“They did everything medically possible to save Connor,” he said.

Sources: CapeTalk, IOL, 702

Read more on:    cape town  |  accidents  |  drought  |  water crisis  |  drownings

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