A woman has died after she was electrocuted while taking a shower and her young child is believed to have narrowly escaped the same fate.
Geronima Sunilda Sanchez Aquino tragically died moments before she was about to bathe her two-year-old daughter.
The incident occurred around 2.30pm in the city of Berisso in the urban community of Greater La Plata in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina on Thursday, 25th August, according to local media reports.
Geronima died after receiving a powerful shock caused by a malfunction in her electric heater, despite all attempts made by doctors from the Emergency Medical Care System (SAME) along with Civil Defence personnel to save her life.
The subsequent collapse of the 33-year-old woman from Paraguay, as a result of the electrocution, reportedly caused her two-year-old daughter to cry, alerting neighbours who promptly called the emergency services.
Investigators chalked the incident down to a faulty installation in addition to the victim’s own negligence.
They stated that it was “a bad and precarious installation with an added carelessness on the part of the victim.”
Aquino is reported to have been found wet and with grave electric wounds on her body while her daughter was discovered to be dry and unharmed, which is why it is assumed that the child had yet to enter the shower with her mother.
Due to the nature of the incident, a Scientific Police Unit (Policia Cientifica) was called to the scene before the victim’s body was taken to a morgue for an autopsy.
The authorities are still investigating the incident and the cause of death, with the case now reportedly transferred to the Judicial Department of La Plata.