1,5-year-old drowns in pool (updated)

A 1,5-year-old boy drowned in a pool at his fam­ily home in Saba on Tuesday. His babysitter had lost track of him and found his lifeless body in the water.

The deceased toddler is the youngest child of an island doctor and her husband. The couple moved to Saba ear­lier this year with their two children — the 1,5-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl.

The couple reportedly went hiking on Tuesday — King’s Day, a public holiday — and left their children in the babysitter’s care.

On Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 at around 9.45 AM, the police received a report of a toddler who had been found lifeless in a swimming pool at home.

The child ended up in the swimming pool unseen while playing. When the babysitter found the baby, help was sought and medical personnel started the resuscitation. Unfortunately, it was to no avail and around 10.50 AM the 1,5-year-old boy died.

Police have temporarily arrested the babysitter for further investigation. She was released later in the early evening hours in consultation with the Public Prosecution Office. There appeared to be no indication of any crime.

The KPCN wishes the parents and other relatives of the deceased a lot of strength.


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  1. So sad,prayers and support to family.I thought about the child all day after I heard the upsetting news.

  2. René Caderius van Veen

    What a drama and nightmare for the family and for everybody who heard about this. Many people on Saba kept thinking about this during that day and also at night, including also myself.

  3. So very very sad. The parents lifes will never be the same. Such a tragedy. Praying for strength for them. We are all mourning the loss of this little boy. The whole island is wrapped in sadness.

  4. : I’m sending You….Love,, Prayer & Hope……for words are pointless right now.
    I Love You……Pray For You…Feel for You…And Cherish in My Heart and Soul…..
    This Beautiful Rainbow Baby Boy, who’s Journey on Earth ended to soon….But his
    Touch will last forever…..

  5. This is so sad don’t have words, my deepest sympathy to the family and friends.

  6. Strength and Courage

  7. Jelle van der Velde

    What a distasteful article.

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