Few things could probably compare to the pain a parent must feel when they lose a child.
The death of a child also often has an impact on a community. Such was the case with a tragic drowning of a seven month-old girl in Onslow County in February.
The child died after authorities say the girl's father stepped out of the bathroom for less than a minute. District Attorney Dewey Hudson says the father had no intent to leave the child, so the death wasn't considered a crime. Hudson says the father just lost focus.
Many people expressed outrage and heartache over what happened. They wanted to know, "How does something like this happen?" It seems so preventable.
As I began to look into those questions, I discovered something very troubling. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for kids ages one to four. It is the second leading cause of injury-related death for kids up to nineteen. Of those drownings, the majority occur in the bathtub.
While it may seem like the solution to this kind of tragedy is very simple, don't leave children in the bathtub, either not enough people know it, or they're ignoring it. Either way, awareness is the key. That's why I'll have a special report on this subject Thursday on WITN News at Six.