Baby Dies in Phone Charger Accident -- Let's All Learn From This Tragedy

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As parents, we do our best to keep our children safe. We google. We read parenting books. We ask for advice. We purchase babyproofing products. And sadly, tragedy can still occur. A fellow mother is dealing with the loss of her baby girl who died from electrocution after reportedly chewing on a cable that was charging a cell phone. It's incredibly difficult to even fathom how this mother feels, but what's even more frightening are the details of this accident -- and how it could've happened to any parent.

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It's not uncommon for parents to take a catnap from time to time. It's also not uncommon for moms and dads to charge their cell phones.

Kidspot reports an unnamed mother in Kazakhstan dozed off next to her baby girl as she played with Mom's cell phone. When this mom woke up, she found her baby daughter's lifeless body and rushed her to the hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead. (They later confirmed baby died of electrocution.)

It's believed this little girl chewed on the cell phone charging cord, to the point of wires becoming exposed, leading to electric shock.

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One of the nurses from the hospital took this photo -- which shows the deceased baby girl's burn marks -- in an effort to remind parents to not leave their babies alone or unattended with chargers.

So unbearably sad!

As a mama of 2½- and 1½-year-old boys, I really do my best to make sure they're safe and happy throughout the day -- and stories like this really make me fearful I missed something that could lead to a similar tragedy. Like this mom, I too have nodded off (for a few minutes) unintentionally on occasion while my kids played and woken up terrified something would happen.

Thankfully, nothing did, but I know that's not the case for every parent.

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My heart breaks for families who are trying to pick up the pieces after such an unfathomable loss. In retrospect, a good number of situations are preventable, though hindsight is always 20/20.

I truly believe that the majority of parents love their children and do what they can to keep them safe. That, however, does not mean accidents and oversights won't occur.

This tragic story woke me up to do better and be more alert for the sake of my children. 

My condolences to this family.

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