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Montana Toddler Drowns In Mop Bucket

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We know the name of a northwestern Montana toddler who drowned after tipping headfirst into a 5-gallon mop bucket.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says there's nothing to indicate the death of Mariella Dalimata of Creston was anything but an accident. The girl died Saturday night, 10 days before her first birthday. Curry said the parents were cleaning their kitchen floors, and left the room for several minutes, when the toddler must have crawled over and fell head first into the bucket.

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

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

According to a website set up in Mariella’s name, the family has little money and doesn't know how to pay for funeral costs. If you’d like to help, head to Mariella’s webpage.


 

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