Boy, 2, drowns after falling into rain-filled hole dug by neighbour outside home

A two-year-old boy died after drowning in a 3ft-deep hole outside his family home.

Aljur Sorianovia was playing in front of the house in Pangasinan, the Philippines, when he stumbled into the pit recently dug by a neighbour.

The hole had been dug to bury garden waste but was left uncovered and had filled with rain from a storm on September 29 afternoon.

During dinner, the toddler's mother Vivian sent her older son to fetch Aljur but he came back crying to her instead.

She said: “My son said his brother was in the hole. I did not believe him so I went out front to look.''

Vivian rushed to the front yard and was shocked after seeing her dead son floating in the hole.

She said her neighbour dug out the hole to use as a dumping ground of fallen leaves from the trees.

However, neighbour Aida Barrozo said she forgot to cover the hole with safety barriers when it rained.

Officers from the San Carlos police station who investigated said the neighbour could be held accountable for the incident and urges the family to file complaints.

However, Vivian refused to pursue the case and said no one wanted the accident to happen.

A funeral with close relatives will be held for the boy in the family’s house this week.

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