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Montana toddler drowns in 5-gallon mop bucket

  • Associated Press
  • August 5, 2014 - 8:38 AM

KALISPELL, Mont. — A northwestern Montana toddler drowned after tipping headfirst into a 5-gallon mop bucket.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says there's nothing to indicate the death of Marielle Dalimata of Creston was anything but an accident. The girl died Saturday night, 10 days before her first birthday.

Curry says the girl's body was taken to the state crime lab in Missoula for an autopsy.

Brook Schwab, the girl's aunt, tells the Daily Inter Lake (http://bit.ly/1sqdFho) that the family is devastated. She says the baby's parents, Mark and Kayla Dalimata, wanted to remind all parents of young children how quickly a drowning can happen and to not leave children alone around water, even momentarily.

The parents and first responders tried to resuscitate Marielle. She was pronounced dead at the hospital in Kalispell.

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