Baby's Drowning Investigated

Two weeks away from celebrating his first birthday, Christian Cunningham's parents are planning a burial instead a party.

"I just want to say to everyone, keep me in your prayers because this is the hardest time for me. Very hard!" said Bertha Blakely

Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Christian drowned in a bucket of water that his father was preparing to use to mop the floor.

"They measured it, four inches of water in it," said Ron Cunningham.

Cunningham said he had just stepped around a corner in the room, was gone for less than a minute, and found the baby in the bucket when he returned.

"No charges so far. It's still under investigation, pending the autopsy," said Butler Police Chief Reginald McGrew.

McGrew says autopsy results are expected to be available within the next week. He said the bucket involved holds up to five gallons.

Officials say it's not uncommon for small children to fall into these size buckets. In fact, one that Newscenter 11 saw Thursday, though not the one involved in this case, had a label on the front warning that this could happen.


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