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Tragic toddler died after being ‘found submersed in bath water’ inquest heard

A two-year-old boy found ‘submersed in bath water’ was declared dead later in hospital, an inquest heard.

An investigation into the death of Reid Steele was opened at Pontyridd Coroner’s Court on Friday, September 17.

The hearing was told how Reid was discovered by his grandmother, and was seemingly unresponsive at the time, according to Wales Online.

Police were called to a home in Broadlands at around 7.30pm on August 11 and Reid was taken to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, with the toddler being pronounced dead the next day.

The inquest was told on Friday: “At approximately 7.30pm on August 11, 2021 Reid was found by his grandmother unresponsive on the bathroom floor at his home address after being found submersed in the bath water.

“Emergency services were alerted immediately, and he was transported to the University Hospital of Wales.”

Sadly little Reid was later pronounced dead by hospital staff. The toddler, just two months away from his third birthday when he died, was described by relatives as a treasured and ‘perfect’ nephew, grandson, great-grandson and cousin.

Reid Steele’s family said the toddler “lit up everyone’s lives”

In a heart-breaking post released back in August, the family said: “Reid was honestly the most energetic, happy, intelligent, beautiful and loved child we have ever met. He was able to count to 10 in three languages.

“He frequently asked ‘Are you okay?’ whenever he spoke to anyone because he cared for everything and everyone.

Reid's death has left the community devastated.
Reid’s death has left the community devastated.

“His favourite things were Bob the Builder, Winnie the Pooh and the Heffalump, the beach, shells and pebbles, diggers, flowers and nature. Reid lit up everyone’s lives. He adored the songs You Are My Sunshine, This Little Light of Mine and Bob the Builder.

“We miss him with every fibre of our beings. Reid never experienced evil or pain in his little life, he was so adored by all of us.

“We miss him every single day. He was the most beautiful and precious angel to grace the earth. If anyone of you were able to have met him in his short life, you will understand exactly what we mean.”

Reid was transferred to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff on August 11 where doctors battled to save his life in the Noah’s Ark unit.

His family continued: “Sadly, he lost his fight on August 12. We cannot put into words how utterly amazing the staff were at the ward. They allowed Reid’s grandparents to stay overnight to be close to him and supplied a care package for them including a t-shirt, toothbrush etc.

“They allowed all six of us to visit him in pairs whilst he fought for his life. We will never be able to express our appreciation of how amazing they were.

“They did everything they possibly could to save his life and went above and beyond to ensure we were all supported the whole time. They allowed us in a separate room to grieve and had a room for us to eat and drink if we so needed.

“We want to raise as much money as we can in Reid’s memory for Noah’s Ark, he would’ve loved this. His favourite story was also Noah’s Ark so it seems very fitting to fundraise for this charity.

“Any donations will make a huge difference to all of the other families and children needing care. Thank you so much.”

Last month Natalie Steele, 31, was charged with the murder of Reid Steele in Bridgend.

The defendant, of Broadlands, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court last month. At the time Prosecutor Michael Jones QC said a preliminary post -mortem report had been prepared in respect of Reid- but did not divulge any details regarding the report.

Judge Michael Fitton QC remanded Steele in custody until her next appearance at a plea and trial preparation hearing on November 26. A trial date has not yet been set.

You can donate to the fundraiser here.




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