Tragic baby left alone in bath

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A BABY boy drowned in the bath after being left alone for up to five minutes, an inquest heard.

Ubaid Khan, aged 13 months, was alone while his mother and a 15-year-old relative carried out chores ahead of his bedtime at around 10pm, an inquest in Bradford heard.

The 15-year-old left the bathroom while a male relative used the toilet.

However, she did not return until a few minutes later because she was warming a feeding bottle while the mother, Safiya Mahmood, prepared bed clothes, the court was told.

A pathologist said that it appeared that Ubaid had been left unattended for around five minutes.

The cause of death was drowning.

The tragedy happened last November at the family home in Annison Street at Barkerend, Bradford.

West Yorkshire coroner Peter Straker recorded a verdict that baby Ubaid had died as the result of an accident.

None of the relatives attended yesterday’s hearing.