Girl, 2, drowned in family’s pool after climbing 3ft wooden barrier at BBQ

A two-year-old girl was found floating face down in a pool at her family’s farmhouse after she climbed over a wooden barrier, an inquest heard.

Indigo Morris’ body was discovered as her parents, Michael and Amy Morris were preparing a barbecue meal for friends at their £1.3million home on July 20.

The toddler, and three other children, had just been for a swim under supervision, with flotation devices, before getting out and playing in the garden and house.

Mrs Morris said she was preparing dinner for Indigo, Suffolk Coroner's Court heard.

She said the sliding doors to the pool were open, but a 30 inch to 3ft high wooden barrier stretching from wall to wall was up, preventing access to the water.

Mr Morris said he was cooking meat on the barbecue as his wife and the husband of a friend carried out food and cutlery.

Just before 5pm he said he heard the husband ask where Indigo was, and immediately ran into the pool room.

It was there he found his daughter, unconscious, and lying down in a corner of the pool.

She was pulled from the water and Mr Morris began trying to resuscitate her but her head was "floppy and loose," and his wife ran to get help from two doctor neighbours.

Muhibbur Chowdury, a consultant in stroke medicine at Ipswich Hospital, and Dr John Oates, a GP for 18 years, rushed over to help try and revive Indigo.

Paramedics arrived within four minutes and continued resuscitation until an air ambulance arrived.

Indigo was taken to Ipswich Hospital and later transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where she died four days later on July 24.

The family friend confirmed to Suffolk Coroner's Court the wooden barrier was in position when he and Mr Morris found Indigo in the water.

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Detective Inspector James Cassidy of Suffolk Police said statements from the adults at the house were "consistent in terms of context and timings".

He said: "The barrier used does not appear to have been breached. In the absence of any corroboration, how Indigo got into the pool area is likely to remain unknown.

"Based on the information, the death of Indigo Morris is a sad and tragic accident.

"There is no suggestion of third party involvement or neglect by her parents or any other adults at the scene."

Suffolk Senior Coroner Nigel Parsley passed his condolences to family and friends of Indigo and recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

He said: "Indigo was able to get past the barrier and into the pool area."

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