Sunday afternoon in Adelaide was cold but sunny, a lovely winter’s day.
Morphett Vale mum, Kelly-Anne Deverix decided to bath her 15-month-old, Junior early, and cram in some of those overdue chores before the busy week ahead began.
Junior, a “bouncy, active” blue-eyed baby, the youngest of four boys was placed in the bath by his mum, Kelly-Anne and left for what she says was just 10 – 15 minutes while she hurried off to attend to the laundry.
Tragically in what she has described an “honest” mistake when she returned her baby boy had drowned.
She has spoken with the media, just days after the death of her beloved boy to warn others not to make the same mistake she did.
Morphett Vale mum, Kelly-Anne Deverix. Via Facebook.
Kelly-Anne has described how she trusted that her 15-month-old would be safe as he could stand up on his own.
Speaking to The Advertiser she said that it was only around 10 minutes that she left the room to unload the washing.
The 33-year-old mother said the tragedy was an “honest mistake."
"As a parent we know what our children are capable of and not capable of. I just took that risk and that chance which I shouldn’t have,’’ she said.
“But I can’t go regretting, I can’t keep blaming myself for an honest mistake.”