Mennonite baby drowns in tub of water

By Ingrid Fernandez/ Staff Journalist

A one-year-old Mennonite baby drowned in a tub of laundry water in the Indian Creek village in Orange Walk on Wednesday morning.

Around 10:25 a.m. on Wednesday, baby Aganetha Blatz was found by her brother, lifeless in a tub of water and clothes. The family lived in the Mennonite community, Camp 51.

Apparently, the toddler had just been fed by her mother and left to play around the house as she usually did. When her brother arrived home from the family’s farm, he found his sister motionless, head down in the tub.

He then alerted his father who tried to resuscitate the toddler, who had water coming out of her mouth but he was unable to revive her.

Orange Walk police arrived at the village around 11:18 a.m and visited the yard of Jacob Blatz, the father of the toddler, a farmer of the village.

There they saw the body of the baby face up, motionless on the floor next to a green tub of water in the laundry room of the family’s house.

The infant was transported to the Northern Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police do not suspect foul play, but are investigating whether there was any negligence that caused the child’s death.

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