The baby, Cinta Amora Gurney, lived at the villa in Canggu with her Indonesian mother Stella Lorenzia Pjandiawan.
The baby’s father, Adam Gurney, who is from Perth, is understood to be estranged from the mother.
Police in Bali said the baby’s father was believed to be in Perth at the time, as was the baby’s stepfather, also an Australian man from Perth. The stepfather is understood to be on his way to Bali.
Investigations are still underway but Crime section head of North Kuta Police, Putu Ika Prabawa, said the drowning happened on Wednesday afternoon about 4.15pm At the Villa Casa Ganteng.
It is understood the family had just moved into the villa recently from another Bali home.
“From the mother’s statement, it is said that when the mother inside the house, also the baby, and the baby apparently went outside. The mother didn’t know the baby had gone outside. She has just realised when she saw her baby in the pool”, Mr Prabawa said.
He said that at the time of the tragedy their were guests at the home and police were now questioning all witnesses who were at the home at the time. He said the guests were also being questioned. It appears the baby’s mother was talking with her guests and was distracted and did not realise the little girl had wandered out an open door leading to the pool.
The pool was not fenced, as is common in many Balinese villas. Police said that at the time a small door from the villa to the backyard was open. it is believed that an air conditioning mechanic had been at the home fixing a broken air conditioner and may be the reason the door
was left ajar, allowing the the little girl to venture outside alone.
“We are still conducting the investigation over the case. We have questioned the baby’s mother and grand mother, and they said that she drowned,” Mr Prabawa said.
Dr Ida Bagus Putu Alit , chief of the medical forensic team of Sanglah hospital, said the baby’s body was received at the Sanglah hospital morgue about 8.50pm on Wednesday.
“From external examination, we found several small wound in forehead, chin and others. There is also foam from her nasal cavity (nose), showing that she drowned. There is also sign of suffocation,” Dr Alit said. A full autopsy has yet to be conducted and police investigations are ongoing.