A toddler drowned in a hot tub after crawling outside when his mother left the back door open as she worked from home while caring for her twins, an inquest heard today.
Eddie Murphy-Boxall, 18 months, was found unresponsive in the water by his heartbroken mother Siobhan Murphy, who had opened the door to let in some cool air at their home in Worthing, West Sussex on June 24.
He was rushed to Worthing General Hospital by air ambulance, where he was declared dead at 1.30pm despite desperate efforts to revive him.
A coroner today said a combination of the hot tub lid being open and the difficulties of caring for children while working from home had led to the ‘truly heartbreaking situation.’
Dr Karen Henderson, the assistant coroner for West Sussex, concluded the case was an accident while sitting at Crawley Coroner’s Court, adding: ‘It is by far, every parent’s worst nightmare.’
Little Eddie was born shortly before Christmas in 2018 and lived in Worthing with his father Simon Boxall, Ms Murphy and his twin brother Hugo, the inquest heard.
Mel Doyle, the coroner’s officer for Crawley, said: ‘When the the national lockdown was enforced due to Covid in March, Siobhan started working from home.
‘Simon returned to work on May 4, leaving Siobhan home-working and looking after the boys alone.’
Mrs Murphy had often worked at night, after her children had gone to bed, to fit in her work and child-caring responsibilities during the Covid-19 pandemic, the inquest heard.
The day of the tragedy was ‘extremely hot’ and the mother had two hours of conference calls to attend, it was said.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Faith Ridler