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Emergency responders discuss infant tub safety after Jackson drowning

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A two-year-old boy who nearly drowned in a bathtub on Friday afternoon died overnight while receiving treatment for his injuries.

Jackson Police are calling the death "accidental" and no one is expected to be charged with a crime.

"I didn't know the baby personally but as a person living in this community I think we should pull together and support the mother when she goes through her time of bereavement right now," neighbor to the Cedar Crest Apartment, Octavia Landfair, said.

"Because I just can't imagine losing one of mine because I don't know what I would be going through," Landfair said.

Responders arrived at the complex around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Police tell News Channel 12 that the mother of two-year-old Knowledge Ducksworth stepped away from the tub for a moment and returning to find her child limp in the bath.

She then called 911, police said.

Jim Pollard, public affairs for American Medical Response (AMR), said on Saturday that the main tip for parents regarding child and water is that they should never leave a child alone.

"So much more of a child's weight is in the head compared to an adult so when they fall forward it's really difficult for them to push themselves up - especially in a slippery tub, now," Jim Pollard said.

"And then very quickly the child can inhale through the nose and the mouth enough water that will lead to death," Pollard said.

Some neighbors said they are upset the simply tip may have been ignored by Ducksworth's parents.

Others are more sympathetic.

"I honestly don't know what can happen right now. The only thing that I can continue to do is just pray for her, pray for her family, and hope they can get through this time," Landfair said.

Police have not yet released details on exactly how long the child was left in the tub or the mother's reason for leaving the child alone.

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