1-year-old drowns in mop bucket

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 5:12 PM
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SUMTER, S.C. — A 1-year-old South Carolina girl drowned after falling into a mop bucket.

The Item of Sumter reported Saturday that Khianna Benjamin died about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Authorities say Khianna's father woke up Thursday night and saw his daughter headfirst in a mop bucket in the kitchen. Robert Benjamin and his girlfriend, who was not the girl's mother, took Khianna to a neighbor's house and called 911.

Khianna was pronounced dead at a hospital, and an autopsy showed that she drowned. Police Maj. Alvin Holston says an investigation is ongoing.

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fishman960
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fishman960 01/09/10 - 06:15 pm
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Tragic....... Just tragic. My

Tragic....... Just tragic. My heart goes out to the family....

sassygirl12
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sassygirl12 01/09/10 - 06:16 pm
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so sad. i bet the real momma

so sad. i bet the real momma is gonna kick some tail.

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andywarhol 01/09/10 - 06:20 pm
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sure and then she'll have a

sure and then she'll have a dead child and be in jail at the same time. That would be keeping it real though, right?

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coolette 01/09/10 - 06:30 pm
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Why was a 1 year old up at

Why was a 1 year old up at 11;30? Unattended!!

coolette
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coolette 01/09/10 - 06:31 pm
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Why was a 1 year old up at

Why was a 1 year old up at 11;30? Unattended!!

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seenitB4 01/09/10 - 06:34 pm
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Sorry folks,,, 1 yr. old up

Sorry folks,,, 1 yr. old up alone at 1130pm,,some checking here yathink..

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corgimom 01/09/10 - 06:52 pm
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If I had to guess, she either

If I had to guess, she either climbed out of her crib- or wasn't in a crib in the first place. I just want to know who in the hell leaves a mop bucket full of water when there is a toddler in the house.

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seenitB4 01/09/10 - 07:18 pm
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Corgi It still would mean

Corgi It still would mean the kid had to fall headfirst into bucket & then not get out,,most would be crying & possibly turn bucket over,,,just doesn't add up..lie detector tests might come in handy here. If innocent,, take test..

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TakeAstand 01/09/10 - 08:08 pm
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I have also wondered about

I have also wondered about that too seenit, how does a child that size not knock the bucket over. I guess the child takes in enough water to drown them even though they do knock it over. You even can have dry drowning hours after somone takes in water and they seem fine. They say it only takes a teaspoon of water to drown. I guess these situations are an example of what that means. Condolences to the family. Such a sad thing no parent should have to go through, that poor baby.

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scoobynews 01/09/10 - 08:53 pm
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I agree this story makes no

I agree this story makes no sense. My son will be 1 in 2 weeks and he is not even walking yet. I do know some children walk before one but this child should have been in a packnplay or crib both of which would have kept the child contained and safe. I don't know too many people who actually mop the old fashioned way with the wetjet and other floor cleaners. If you do still mop with a bucket of water who just leaves it sitting around until almost midnight??? Then you grab the child and take them next door??? Nothing about this story makes any sense except a poor little girl is dead due to neglectful adults.

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LouLou 01/09/10 - 09:12 pm
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This is awful! I cannot

This is awful! I cannot fathom someone leaving a baby this young so neglected and not taken care of. This is beyond reproach. His head should be dunked in and held until he can't breath anymore! Be done and over with this now.

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happychimer 01/09/10 - 11:01 pm
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I have a son who could climb

I have a son who could climb out of his crib when he was 13 months old. I caught him at it one day, and when he saw me, he climbed back in the crib.Parents do have to sleep. We had to change the locks on the doors, because when he was 2 yrs old he could unlock the doors and slip outside and play.

happychimer
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happychimer 01/09/10 - 11:10 pm
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There was a toddler who fell

There was a toddler who fell head first into a mop bucket at a daycare center, and the child has brain damage. The mother worked to get laws changed to require daycare centers to carry insurance. I don't know the details of the law, but you can google it.

happychimer
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happychimer 01/09/10 - 11:11 pm
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With toddlers you have to

With toddlers you have to child proof the home, and that includes not leaving a bucket of water in reach of a toddler.

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KSL 01/09/10 - 11:12 pm
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Just curious, which son was

Just curious, which son was that, plum, Atlanta or Augusta?

KSL
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KSL 01/09/10 - 11:16 pm
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Do papers deliberately print

Do papers deliberately print almost no details just to get people speculating. If that's all they know about the details, and the public is not at risk, I would much rather they hold the story until they can be more specific about what happened. I did notice that it was an AP article.

happychimer
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happychimer 01/09/10 - 11:22 pm
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KSL Augusta. Before he was 2,

KSL Augusta. Before he was 2, he got one foot on top of the house. My husband grabbed him just in time.He loved to climb.

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baronvonreich 01/09/10 - 11:24 pm
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You have to pass a test to

You have to pass a test to drive but any moron can be a parent.

KSL
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KSL 01/09/10 - 11:41 pm
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I was thinking that one was

I was thinking that one was the one. Hope he is doing well now, plum.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 01/09/10 - 11:43 pm
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This is why you baby proof

This is why you baby proof your house. Yes, children can climb out once they start walking but parents are the adults. They are ultimately the ones that have to make sure their child is safe. NO you can't be there every second of the day but as someone else stated they could have removed the bucket as a precaution, buy child proofing materials they make everything you can think of now, and if your a deep sleeper have them sleep in the room with you.

happychimer
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happychimer 01/10/10 - 12:53 am
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Yes my son is doing well. He

Yes my son is doing well. He has a job that he enjoys now.

happychimer
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happychimer 01/10/10 - 12:57 am
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None of our kids slept in the

None of our kids slept in the room with us. They had their own rooms.

KSL
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KSL 01/10/10 - 12:58 am
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I'm so glad for him, plum.

I'm so glad for him, plum.

KSL
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KSL 01/10/10 - 01:00 am
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With his talents, he needs to

With his talents, he needs to be plugged in helping somewhere.

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ustabe 01/10/10 - 01:08 am
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Own rooms or not, there's no

Own rooms or not, there's no reason to leave a bucket of water sitting where a child can get into it. We close the bathroom doors when our grandkids visit, and they're older than this poor little girl. Child proofing isn't rocket science.

happychimer
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happychimer 01/10/10 - 01:13 am
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He took this job for several

He took this job for several reasons. It pays above ok. It is an adventure everyday, It is educational. He has benefits. He hated being unemployed. Some might say his job is not desirable, but he loves it, and that is what counts.He has an interesting story to tell every work day.

happychimer
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happychimer 01/10/10 - 01:15 am
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ustabe I agree...no buckets

ustabe I agree...no buckets of water left on the floor.

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corgimom 01/10/10 - 08:29 am
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If you have a very active 12

If you have a very active 12 month old, yes. And babies aren't built like adults. Their head is disproportionately heavy in comparison to their body. If they go in head first, they can't get out. It only takes seconds for a baby to drown, and no, the baby couldn't cry, it was under water. The baby probably wasn't in a crib. It is not unusual, in the black community, for babies to sleep in bed with the parents and not have a crib at all. And poor people don't have money to buy wetjets and expensive cleaning solutions. I know people that still use those nasty string mops and Clorox.

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1941 01/10/10 - 08:32 am
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Nasty people leave dirty

Nasty people leave dirty water sitting!!! Also one year olds today, are far more inqisitive than in the past. My great grandaughter was here for thanksgiving, she is one, and have been walking since she was ten months old. We were all on duty to watch her, toilet seats, bathtubs, all cleaning products put up, and yes she gets up in the middle of the night, but her parents slept with thier door locked, with her in the room with them. My heart goes out to both parents.

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iknowitwheniseeit 01/10/10 - 08:48 am
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You'd be surprised how common

You'd be surprised how common this type of accident is. It occurs frequently nationwide.

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