A mother has described the terrifying moment she saw her toddler’s naked body hanging in a drain while she slept in her terraced house.
Rachel House, who lives with her husband and two young children in a two-storey terraced home in the town of Northumberland, North Yorkshire, said she woke up to find the little girl’s body floating in the water.
She said: “I just sat down in bed and I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
I was just shaking, I was in tears.
“It’s very difficult to sleep when your toddler is floating naked in the drain.”
We were trying to keep our kids quiet as best we could.
“Rachel said the toddler was sleeping peacefully in her crib when she noticed her mother was naked in her bedroom.
She said: “[She] said, ‘I don’t want to go out tonight.
I’m not sure I can go to sleep’.
“I thought, ‘You’re a bit upset with me.
I’ve just been so tired’.””
But when I went to go to bed, I found the little body floating down the drain.”
The toddler’s body was discovered in the kitchen drain by neighbours who had called police after seeing a large number of children playing in the house on Wednesday.
She told police she had just come home from the supermarket when she saw the body floating through the drain and called 999.
She added: “She had a huge lump on her head, so I think she must have fallen asleep.”
When she got up, she just sat there, I just thought, what is happening?
“Then I went back in to get a towel and my husband grabbed the phone and called police.”‘
She was lying on the floor, bleeding profusely’Rachel’s husband, Stephen, said the incident was very upsetting.
“My wife was just lying there on the toilet, bleeding,” he said.
“She was bleeding profusally and I was trying to comfort her.”
So we got up and I said, you know, ‘Can you get her a towel?'””
I went to the bathroom and there was blood everywhere.””
I came back in and she was lying there bleeding profusingly.
“The police said she had been drinking and they told me that she was in a state of shock.”‘
We don’t know if she was sleeping or not’Rachel said she was devastated when she learnt the toddler had died.
“To think that her mum was doing that, I couldn’t imagine how she must feel,” she said.
The mother-of-three said she now wants to see a coroner to determine the cause of death.
“There’s no way we know what happened to her, we don’t even know if it was accidental or if it had something to do with alcohol or drugs,” she added.
“If it was a tragic accident, I think the police will be very interested in finding out.”
What we need to do now is find a way to get her some help and help her get over it.
“Rachel, who said she didn’t sleep in the terraced property for long, said it had been a “devastating” experience.”
As soon as I saw the little baby floating in there, it’s really distressing.
“People don’t get this at all, they think it’s funny.”
But then I just had to say to myself, ‘She’s not sleeping, she’s dead’.