The tragic case of Robbi and Charli Manago, the 23-month-old twins who recently drowned after getting into their family’s swimming pool, left many parents with questions. The biggest one was: how did they get into the pool, if the pool gate was locked.
Well, this video is about to shed some light on that query.
An Australian mother has taken to Facebook to share footage of her two-year-old toddler scaling and opening a gate – in just 21 seconds.
Wendy Atkinson explained that she is currently renovating her backyard, and the family had initially hoped to build a swimming pool there.
The area is currently cordoned off by a gate that meets the national safety standards, but Wendy was left shocked when her toddler was able to climb and open the gate on just his second try.
“He climbed this once for the first time a few minutes beforehand. I was really mad, told him off and dragged him away from there. Then, I thought about how quick he was, and couldn’t stop thinking about those gorgeous little lives taken, and I figured if he did it again I was going to film it,” wrote Wendy.
While internet trolls initially pressured her into taking the video down, she insisted she needed to report the footage so that she could ‘teach parents just how quick and clever a two-year-old can be’.
“This video shows he can scale and open the gate in 21 seconds, unassisted – no chairs, tables or bikes to stand on.
“Think about that: 21 seconds. While you’ve just sat down to breastfeed your baby, the siblings have just flown out the back, not realising the baby is in tow. The kids go one way, to the bikes; Baby goes straight to the pool up and over in the 21 seconds – gone, no splash, nothing,” she wrote.
Wow. If that doesn’t make you stop, think and adjust your safety procedures at home; we don’t know what will.