22-Month-Old Found Dead in Baptismal Water During Church Service

churchHorrifying is the only way to describe the accident that took the life of a toddler at a church in Alabama. According to reports, the 22-month-old fell into the baptismal tank and drowned at the Pentecostal House of Prayer in Decatur. The story of how he ended up there is just heartbreaking.

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The little boy was being looked after by one of his teenage sisters. It seems that he wandered away and was found in just 33 inches of water. Despite fervent attempts to resuscitate him, he died.

Needless to say, his mother is devastated. Already the parent of two teen girls, she had prayed for years for a son, according to the church pastor Bishop TD Strong. "Twenty-two months ago he gave her a son," Strong said. "And 22 months later he was taken away. I've been preaching 30 years and pastoring for 20 years, this is the first time in my ministry I've been speechless."

It's easy to see why he's so stunned. No words can adequately describe how senseless this death seems to us all. A poor, innocent baby just taken away in an instance. It is a painful reminder of how easy it is for them to find danger in the seemingly safest of places. At a time like this, it's easy to pass blame. Undoubtedly, people will wonder why a child that young was allowed to wander off. But anyone with small children knows how they can sprint away quickly and a deadly accident can happen in a matter of moments. Sadly, this could have happened to anyone, anywhere. Our hearts go out to that family -- and especially the teen who was looking after her brother and the heartbroken mother.

Are there any words of comfort at a time like this?

 

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