A three-year-old boy was found dead in the bath after his mum left him alone in the tub for 10 to 15 minutes, an inquest heard.

Aayan Ishaq was found face down in the water at his home in Longsight, Greater Manchester.

His mum had left him to go and fold washing, reports the Manchester Evening News .

The toddler was rushed to hospital but could not be saved.

An inquest heard his mother Shahrish Idris was later prosecuted and convicted for child neglect after leaving him unattended.



Aayan Ishaq was described as a ‘perfect’ little boy

However an inquest heard today it could not be determined exactly how the youngster died.

Ms Idris said her son, who was born in Surrey but was living in Manchester at the time, had spent most of the day playing outside on the day before his death and asked if he could have a bath so he could play with his toys.

Giving evidence from the witness box said: “His bedtime was normally 9pm but I wasn’t too strict on him because he started nursery at 1pm so could get up later on the Monday.

“During the day he had been playing outside.

“He said he wanted a bath. He enjoyed having baths. He got his toys and put them in.

“I filled it up first then he got in. He was sat down and playing with the water. I think it was up to his chest.

“I sat with him for five or ten minutes then I went downstairs to get his clothes.

“I had done three loads of machine that day.”

A paramedic said Ms Idris had told him that she had left him in the bath for around 10-15 minutes and was folding the dried washing.



The exact cause of death for three-year-old Aayan could not be ascertained

She said she wasn’t able to hear him from the downstairs front room and when she went back upstairs she said “I found him lying in the bath.”

Asked how he was lying she said: “I am not really sure, I have tried to block that day out.”

She said she took him out of the bath and took him to her bedroom and said “I was on the phone to the ambulance but also drying him.

“They asked me to do CPR but I was so scared and panicked I couldn’t do it” she added.

Asked if she carried out any other lifesaving attempts such as mouth-to-mouth she said: “I was too scared, I couldn’t.”

She also said that at one point she unplugged the bath and let the water drain away.

Asked why she did that she said: “I don’t know, that’s just what I thought to do.”

Paying tribute to her son she said: “He was a lovely boy.

“He had recently started at nursery, 15 hours a week. He loved going there.

“He loved playing out. He loved playing with his nieces and nephews.

“He always listened to me.

“He was just the perfect little boy.”

Paramedics arrived at the terraced house in Longsight shortly before 11.40pm and Aayan was rushed to the A E department of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital the hearing was told.

However the resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead just after 12.30am on March 27 2017.

A post-mortem was carried out and his medical cause of death was given as being unascertained.

Two pathologists who worked together on the examination said they could not rule out an unnatural death, for example drowning, as he was found immersed in water.

However they said a natural said such as a sudden cardiac arrest could also not be ruled out.

Police coroner’s officer Paul Devine said there were no signs of injury and that any foul play was ruled out.

However as a result of the police investigation Ms Idris was interviewed under caution and was subsequently charged with two counts of child neglect, which she pleaded guilty to in October of 2017.

One charge related to the day he died and the second to a time she admitted Aayan had eaten three of her anti-depressants tablets, while she had left him sitting on a kitchen worktop for about three minutes.

Sentencing her to a six month prison sentence suspended for two years, the Recorder of Manchester judge David Stockdale said she “did not harm him” and “did not cause his death” but said she was guilty of “cruelty” and of “putting him at risk.”

The inquest was told there was some contact between the family and local children’s services, around his mother’s mental health, and a serious case review was carried out on behalf of the safeguarding board after his death.

Valerie Charles, who compiled the report told the inquest there were areas for learning such as better communication between agencies but that ultimately: “There wasn’t really anything that could have predicted or prevented it.

“The family didn’t come to the attention of agencies frequently.

“Mum’s presentation was generally very positive.”

Assistant coroner John Hobson recorded an open conclusion saying “the evidence is simply not there to record anything but that.”

Passing judgement, he told the hearing at Manchester’s Coroner Court in the Royal Exchange Building in the city centre: “Aayan Ishaq was a little boy of three years old.

“He attended nursery three times a week.

“On the 26 March he was playing and undertaking a normal Sunday with flexibility in the timetable compared to during the week.

“His mother was doing laundry and had done three lots that day.

“During that evening Aayan was having a bath, something he wanted to do.

“He went into the bath. His mother was with him then she went downstairs for 10 to 15 minutes and was folding clothes.

“When she returned she found him unresponsive in the bath.



Aayan was left in the bath alone for 10 to 15 minutes while his mum folded the washing

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“She called an ambulance and relevant and appropriate treatment treated was administered.

“Despite the efforts he was pronounced dead at 12:29pm.

“The medical cause of death is unascertained.

“It cannot be positively identified as a natural death or an unnatural death.

“I accept the evidence of the experts.”