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Dec 12, 2018

11-Month-Old Baby Girl Drowns In Bucket

Marianne Vasquez

Tragedy struck a Belize City family on Tuesday night. Eleven-month-old Marianne Vasquez fell and drowned in a bucket of water at her home in Belama. According to the family, baby Marianne was playing with a piece of a paper which dropped in the bucket containing about six inches of water. That bucket was inside the bathroom away from the view of her mother and her father. The family suspects that baby Marianne was trying to recover the piece of paper when she drowned. Her father tried to resuscitate her, but all tempts were futile. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo has the tragic story.


Daren Vasquez, Father

“I just pick up my baby from where she was and I kissed her up. And I told her a ‘million kiss for you’. Daddy loves you.”


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Holding back tears, a heartbroken twenty-nine-year-old year Daren Vasquez recounts the last moments he had with his eleven-month-old daughter, Marianne when she was alive.


Daren Vasquez

“And I put she down close to the sofa in the house and my little son take her to the room because my wife was making the thing. I didn’t expect this.”


It was minutes before nine o’clock on Tuesday night and Vasquez’s common-law-wife Marina Torres was in the kitchen preparing dinner at their home in Belama Phase Three, Belize City. Vasquez was outside in the yard speaking with some friends. Baby Marianne and her older brother were in an adjacent room, away from the heat of the kitchen.  The brother was sent on a quick errand to the store across the street.


Daren Vasquez

“So when my son arrived back from the shop I heard my wife told him to see what the baby was doing. So when he went and checked the room, he said that the baby was not in the room.”


Torres immediately panicked and began searching for Baby Marianne.


Daren Vasquez

Daren Vasquez

“And I heard she scream out: ‘No, not my baby”.  When she said that, I run inside.”


Baby Marianne was found inside the bathroom, face down in a bucket filled with about six inches of water.


Daren Vasquez

“I see she come out with my baby hold in her hands. I see her lips looked kind of blue so I started to blow and pump her. She started to bring out the water and the ‘baba’ that she just drank. You see the milk coming out. So when I touched her tonsils I felt it moved like three times. After that, it stopped and I started to blow her again and she did not respond. I did not feel it.”


Every second mattered, and Vasquez quickly, with the help of the neighbourhood nurse, rushed baby Marianne to the K.H.M.H.


Daren Vasquez

“A group of nurse and doctors, about fifteen or twenty of them worked on the baby for about forty minutes. The doctor told us that she needs to speak to use. She said she was trying to do her best with the nurse and the doctors. She said she was trying her best to bring her back the baby but she couldn’t and pronounced her dead right there.”


The family’s worse nightmare turned reality; baby Marianne was officially pronounced dead at four minutes past ten o’clock. According to the father, baby Marianne had made her way into the bathroom where she drowned.


Daren Vasquez

“Usually my wife ha\s the door locked but I don’t know if someone used the bathroom and forgot to lock the door. She was playing with a piece of paper or something and she threw it in the bucket. Looks like she was trying to get it out from the bucket and the floor is tiled and the socks she had on was slippery. So I am not sure if she tried to push and went head-on into the bucket. That is where she drowned right there.”


And above where baby Marianne took her last breath, hung on a washing line were the clothes she was wearing; reminding her parents of her last moments on earth. Baby Marianne was to turn one year old on December twenty-seventh.


Daren Vasquez

“It’s really hard for us. She was walking and moving about fast but we did not expect her to move that fast in the bathroom. But all I want to say out there to the families, people who are judging my wife and me, everyone has a turn. Nobody expects what will happen in life until God is ready for that moment; take what he needs to take. It hurts me a lot but I know my baby is in a better place.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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