Girl, 4, bath drowning victim: Medical condition believed to have caused collapse
Jaavni Shukla (right) as a toddler in a celebration photograph with her family.
HEARTBROKEN family members have shed tears for the little girl found motionless in a bathtub in southwest Sydney on Tuesday night.
It is believed Jaavni Shukla, 4, suffered a medical episode during her nightly bath and was discovered floating face-down by her family just after 6pm.
She died shortly after reaching Liverpool Hospital.
Family and friends gather to offer condolences at the house in West Hoxton where four-year-old Jaavni Shukla drowned in a bathtub. Source:News Corp Australia
Yesterday the normally quiet cul-de-sac in West Hoxton was packed with cars and family members in tears as they embraced in the middle of the street.
They carried plates of food into the house where Jaavni’s parents were grieving, too distraught to talk.
Neighbour and family friend Randa Pola said she was devastated. Her children often played alongside Jaavni in the street.
She said what happened was a parent’s worst nightmare.
“(They) loved her a lot,” she said,
“She was the only girl in the family.
“She was always with my kids. My son is four years and a half. It so hard for everyone.”
It is understood Jaavni had suffered from intermittent medical complications since she was a baby.
A crime scene was established in accordance with standard procedure and officers from Green Valley Local Area Command have been called in to investigate and prepare a report for the coroner.
Friends and family arrive to console the bereaved family. Police leave the house on Tuesday night. Picture: Dylan Robinson
Paramedics were called to the home at 6.15pm but Jaavni was unresponsive to CPR before being transported.
The Shukla family moved into the neighbourhood in 2012 and were close with most families in the cul-de-sac.
The little girl’s death comes after a horror summer in NSW where several babies and toddlers accidentally drowned in swimming pools and bathtubs.
Royal Life Saving Society Australia CEO Justin Scarr said her death was yet another sad reminder for parents to be vigilant at bath time.
“A drowning is tragic for any family — we are very upset to hear this news,” he said.
“It is an absolutely tragic situation — a momentary lapse of supervision can be absolutely catastrophic,” he said.
The family has asked for privacy while they grieve.