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Jan 13, 2021

Two-year-old Toddler Perishes in Latrine

The tragic story of baby Leroy Juan Choc’s death is one that is fitting for any parent’s worst nightmare. The two-year-old boy was found in a latrine in San Miguel Village in Toledo on Sunday.  According to baby Leroy’s grandmother, the family was distracted by an animal inside their home and soon realized the toddler was missing. He was found unresponsive inside a newly dug open pit latrine. The hole was two and a half feet deep and had twenty-two inches of water inside. The child’s grandmother, Rosa Choc, is superstitious and believes that a bad spirit is connected to baby Leroy’s death.  Choc explains what happened.


On the Phone: Rosa Choc, Grandmother of Deceased

“The accident happened around twelve oclock on Sunday. My daughter told me that an animal got in the house so I told her that it is a bad spirit; once you see an animal get in your house it is bad luck. So, I looked for the machete to go and try kill the animal but at the same time I never did kill ah, it ran away. So, there it delayed us and so after when we finished with the animal I hurry tell my daughter to check where the baby deh because the baby is missing and so she hurry gone with her aunt to try and look for him out there but she told me he is not there. So, I hurry told her to go and check in the toilet hole and there we found the baby. He was already dead.”


Police responded to the scene on Sunday and transported to toddler to the Punta Gorda Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The body reportedly didn’t show any visible signs of injury or violence. While it is suspected that the child drowned, a post-mortem is pending.

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