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Safe Kids Oklahoma Stress Safety Around Water

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The drowning of a 13-month-old toddler Wednesday in Oklahoma City is just one of a number of tragic incidents that are all too common in Oklahoma.  

It only takes seconds and an inch of water and a child you love could be dead.

"You know people have the sense that it is not going to happen to them a lot of times we have these bad habits," said  Lauren Farrah, the executive director of Safe Kids.

Child advocates are concerned, as Thursday was the first day of summer and a 13-month-old boy drowned in the family's bathtub while his mom ran out to take out the trash.  

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"For infants between ages one and two, we do see a prevalence of household drowning, which include bathtubs, buckets, toilets both inside and outside the house," Farrah said.

Candace Brooks, the mother of a 2 year old understands how drowning's can happen so quickly, as a stream runs behind her home.

"For any mom, it's heart wrenching to hear stories like that, cause you could easily put yourself in that mom's position. And realize it could be me and things could change in the blink of an eye," said Brooks.  

For 13- month-old Jose Medina, shallow water was deadly.

"I think that's part of the reason why giving my daughter's baths is not my favorite thing to do, because I think, as mom, you have to watch her all the time," Brooks said.

Safe Kids is using this tragedy as a reminder to other parents.

"Infants are kind of top heavy, so if they bend over they can't pull themselves back out," Farrah said.

Medina's mother isn't expected to face charges, but the DA will make the final decision.

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