Lah’Theah-Rose Cox was an inquisitive two-year-old. Three weeks ago, she was playing in her Perth backyard with her puppy, while her mother was inside, making a snack. When the puppy got through a hole in the back fence, the little girl followed.
She fell straight into the neighbour’s pool.
Lah’Theah-Rose’s mum desperately searched for her daughter. By the time she found her, she was unconscious. Paramedics spent an hour working on the toddler.
She was taken to hospital, but four days later, her life support was turned off.
Lah’Theah-Rose’s grandmother, Michelle Nelson-Cox, says what happened was “absolutely horrific”.
“My heart breaks for them because I just think how life can be so cruel,” she tells Nine News.
She says no one realised the fence was broken, and she would like to see more frequent safety inspections by local councils.
“Four years is too far in between,” she says. “I think there needs to be more frequent pool checks, particularly around fencing barriers.”
Nelson-Cox is also urging parents to be vigilant.
“Never, ever underestimate your child’s inquisitiveness.”