A two-year-old girl died on Wednesday after her father accidently dropped a 20-litre water can on her.

The accident took place around 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday when the victim Ramya was resting with her mother Rajalakshmi in the drawing room of their second-floor home on Pillaiyar Koil Street, Thoraipakkam. Ramya’s father Rajamani (25), a van driver attached to a private firm in Royapettah, returned home after purachasing a can of mineral water.

“While he was entering the house, he tripped on the door step. He fell and in the process, the heavy can dropped on the child who was lying near the door, injuring her badly in the head and on the chest,” said an investigating officer.The couple rushed Ramya to a private hospital in Pallikaranai and later to Sri Ramachandra Medical College Hospital where doctors pronounced her ‘brought dead’, the police said.

The Thoraipakkam police registered a case of unnatural death and sent Ramya’s body for post-mortem to Government Royapettah Hospital. It was handed over to her parents on Thursday, who then went to their native village in Sivakasi to perform Ramya’s last rites.

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