Two-year-old girl died after drinking toilet cleaner, inquest hears

A young girl died after drinking toilet cleaner, an inquest has heard.

Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 11:26 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 11:27 am

Arietta-Grace Barnett, was at home when she ingested the poisonous household product.

The two-year-old, from Sarisbury Green, was found by her sister and rushed to hospital in June last year, Portsmouth Coroners Court heard yesterday.

She was able to return home four days later after receiving treatment - but the two-year-old suffered a nose bleed and began vomiting blood six days later.

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Arietta-Grace was again rushed to Southampton General Hospital where she sadly died.

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The toddler's parents Lucy Cook and Scott Barnett attended the preliminary opening of the inquest.

Area coroner for Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton, Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp said: ‘On the 28th June 2019 (she) ingested toilet cleaner.

‘On the 9th July, very sadly Arietta-Grace Barnett suffered a nose bleed and then she started vomiting blood.

‘She was taken back to hospital but unfortunately it was not possible to save her.’

Coroner Rhodes-Kemp said the date and location of the full inquest, which will take two days, is yet to be determined.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We received a report of the death of a two-year-old girl from Fareham on July 9 last year.

‘Officers made inquiries into the exact circumstances of her death and a file has been prepared for the coroner.

‘We have not arrested anyone in relation to this.’

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