Mariella Dalimata was killed when she fell into a mop bucket and drowned. The 11-month-old baby girl was left unsupervised for just a couple of minutes when the unthinkable tragedy occurred. Somehow she managed to topple head-first into the bucket and she couldn't get out. On Aug. 5, Mail Online reported that the little Montana girl died just before her first birthday. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says that the child's death was a tragic accident, nothing more. Marielle's death could have been prevented, and that is why her parents are using this devastating time to remind all parents to not take an eye off their children when they are around any type of water.
"Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for children aged one to four. Three children each day die from drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
Mariella Dalimata couldn't be saved despite the efforts of paramedics. In just a couple of minutes (her aunt says it wasn't even four minutes), this little girl drowned. Now, her parents are left to pick up the pieces, saddled with guilt and other dreadful feelings that no parent should ever have to experience.
A GoFundMe page has been created to assist the family with funeral costs. So far, $4,525 of the $5,000 goal has been raised thanks to the kind, open-hearts of friends and strangers alike. More donations are expected to pour in as news of this tragedy reaches social media.
As most people know, children can drown in even the smallest bit of water. According to the YMCA Houston, inches of water can cause a child to drown. That includes an inch of water in the bathtub, water in a bucket, and/or any amount of water in any location that could cover the mouth and nose of a child.