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LAPD patch. Photo by MyNewsLA.com

A distraught mother was in mourning Friday after her year-old boy drowned in a mop bucket while she was at a Zumba exercise dance class in North Hollywood.

The woman brought her child with her to the Zumba class, police said.

She put her child down while speaking with someone when the boy crawled into a bucket of water left out by an employee, police said.

The boy was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, LAPD Officer Drake Madison said.

Authorities were going to speak to the mother about possible negligence but police said it appears the boy’s death was a “tragic accident.”

The death was reported about 11:15 a.m. in the 12000 block of Saticoy Street, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard, according to Madison.

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