Toddler dies after becoming trapped in washing machine

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP/WESH/CNN Newsource) — Authorities say a toddler died at a Florida home after becoming trapped in a front-loading washing machine.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the 3-year-old boy died Sunday.

Orlando police say the boy was playing with a sibling in the laundry room when he somehow got inside the washing machine. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators told WESH-TV that the boy was playing with his younger sibling in the laundry room when, on his own, he climbed inside a front- loading washing machine.

“At some point in the process, the door closed. Either he pulled it shut himself, or maybe the sibling closed it. That’s something we’re still looking at. And also, when that door closed, did it create an air-tight seal and deprive the child of oxygen?” Cory Burkarth, of the Orlando Police Department told the TV station.

Police said at least one parent was home at the time.

Police are not yet revealing the model of the washing machine involved.

Police said they are aware of three deaths among children ages 5 and younger since 2014, related to washing machines, and at least two of those involved front loaders.

No charges were immediately reported.

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