Shattered mother of one-year-old girl who drowned in the family’s backyard pool shares harrowing details about her final moments
- Baby Skyla Livingston drowned in her family backyard pool on Thursday night
- Tragically one-year-old drowned after entering the area through faulty pool gate’
- Heartbroken mother, Bel Perry, has described her daughter as ‘very bubbly girl’
A shattered mother whose one-year-daughter drowned in the family pool has opened up about the final moments they shared together.
Skyla Livingston was found in the family’s backyard pool in Emerald, north-west of Brisbane, on Thursday after pushing past a faulty gate.
The child was rushed to Emerald Hospital but couldn’t be saved.
Skyla Livingston (pictured above) drowned on Thursday in her family backyard pool in Emerald
Her mother Bel Perry (pictured above) described her baby as a ‘very bubbly girl who was high on life’
Just before 7.30pm on Thursday, Skyla went through an unlocked door before crawling towards the pool, which has since deemed faulty by the local council, according to the Courier Mail.
After calling emergency services, doctors managed to find her pulse, but soon after she was declared brain dead by doctors after being deprived of too much oxygen.
‘They called it (death) at 8.30pm,’ her mother Bel Perry said.
‘Emerald Hospital was amazing.. they let us sit with her for as long as we wanted. I read (Skyla) her favourite book.’
Skyla, the second youngest of eight children, has been described by her mother as ‘a very bubbly girl with a big attitude and was high on life.’
The small girl loved movies and would watch Monsters Inc daily, her mother said.
Skyla (pictured above) was due to celebrate her second birthday in a few weeks before her tragic passing
She was also sassy, and ‘often known to fold her arms when she didn’t want to do something.’
Skyla was due to celebrate her second birthday in a matter of weeks.
A family relative said Ms Perry is an ‘amazing mother’, who always puts the interests of her children first.
Police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and that a report will be prepared for the coroner.
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