Toddler drowns in backyard pool

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A Norwegian-Thai toddler drowned in his backyard swimming pool in Jomtien Beach.

Police were called April 16 to the Viewploy Village on Soi Chaiyapruek where they found the lifeless body of 19-month-old Mathias Aiya. His grieving mother said he’d been dead about an hour.

Police said the mother admitted she fell asleep and Mathias climbed on a tricycle to scale a half-meter wall installed to prevent kids from reaching the pool. He fell into the pool and drowned before his mother woke up to find him dead.

The boy’s father works offshore for an oil company and comes home only periodically.