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Baby Drowns After Falling Headfirst Into 5-Gallon Bucket

September 17, 1991

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) _ An 11-month-old girl drowned in a 5-gallon bucket her mother used for washing clothes, police said.

The Moore County sheriff’s office was investigating Sunday’s death of Ebony Belk.

The girl’s mother, Tina Belk, told police she was washing clothes in the bucket, stepped outside to hang them and returned to discover the infant with her head in the bucket, said sheriff’s Lt. Susan McCrimmon.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned that buckets of water or other liquids, especially the 5-gallon size, pose a drowning hazard to small children who can easily tip headfirst into them.

Sixty-seven children drowned in buckets in the United States from 1985 through 1987, according to the Medical Examiners and Coroners Alert Project News.

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