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Mum's appeal over bath death

The mother of a teenage girl killed while she was using her laptop in the bath has urged other parents to make sure they warn children about the dangers of electricity.

Flavia Maria Boricea, 17, was killed instantly after she decided to use her laptop in the bath.

Local media had changed the name of the teenager to Maria Barbu to protect the family's right to privacy - but in an interview with the Austrian Times Flavia's mother asked for the teenager’s real name to be used.

She said her daughter had tried to plug the power into the socket with wet hands after the battery had died as she used the device for a lengthy period in her home in Brasov, central Romania.

Flavia was found dead by her father who had called medics - who could only confirm the death of the teenager. Her only injury was a burn mark on her hand.

The move follows just two months after the deaths of two children who died when they dropped a hair-dryer into the water as they played in the bath in Germany.

The sisters - aged four and six - were discovered by their mum when she realised their bath time play had gone quiet suddenly. Paramedics in Lustadt were unable to revive the girls who electrocuted themselves when they dropped a hair dryer into the tub.

In an interview with the Austrian Times Flavia’s mother who declined to be identified herself confirmed her daughter had been found found dead with the laptop next to her.

The woman gave permission for this newspaper to use Flavia’s real name so that other families could be warned of the dangers of electricity in the home.

Local police said there were no indications that the laptop had any technical issues that could have led to the terrible accident.

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