3-Year-Old Dies After Getting Trapped in Front-Loading Washing Machine While Playing

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A toddler has tragically died after getting trapped in a front-loading washing machine in Orlando, Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The 3-year-old boy had been playing with a sibling when he became trapped in the appliance, but by the time authorities reached the home, it was sadly too late.

  • Paramedics found the boy unresponsive in his east Orlando home and were unable to revive him with CPR.

    Just moments earlier, he'd been happily playing with his sibling at home, according to reports. But soon after the incident on Sunday morning, the little boy was rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

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  • Sadly, this isn't the first time a child has died after getting caught in a laundry machine.

    In June, a 2-year-old died after stepping into a dryer and shutting the door behind her. She was later found unresponsive by her mother, and an official autopsy revealed her death was caused by overheating, although it is unclear if the dryer had been turned on before her death.

    And in 2018, a 3-year-old from Colorado nearly died the same way after playing in her family's new washing machine. The terrifying incident caused her mom, Lindsey McIver, to speak out about the dangers of front-loading washing machines to warn other parents.

  • Now, police are once again urging parents to take extra safety precautions in their homes to prevent similar accidents from occurring.

    Although experts say that it's rare for children to become trapped in washers -- especially because many are top-loading -- securing laundry room doors and placing child-proof locks on washers and dryers can dramatically reduce the risk and give parents peace of mind.

    "We also ask that parents speak with their children and teach them that washers, dryers and other appliances are not toys and should not be played with,” Orlando Police Department spokesman Cory Burkarth said. “This message also applies to adults/friends/family members who may have children visit their house, babysitters, etc.”

    Police say they don't suspect any foul play in the case and assume it was merely a tragic accident, but they are still investigating and won't release any more details until the case is complete.

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