A 5-year old Texas girl was airlifted to a Houston hospital after she was locked inside a running washing machine.
The incident happened at the Le’s Washateria in the 2400 block of Southmore Avenue in Pasadena, Texas around 6:15 p.m.
The girl was reportedly trapped in the washing machine on high speed for several minutes before anyone noticed.
“She was tumbling pretty fast in there,” explained Vance Mitchell with Pasadena Police. “One person walked by and said they saw something flopping around in there. They thought it was just a dress or something because it was moving pretty fast.”
Pasadena Police said a woman had just tried to use that same machine moments before and told a manager that it wasn’t working properly. The woman received a refund and moved to another machine.
Detectives are trying to figure out how the girl got into the washer and it started to suddenly work after she shut the door.
The laundromat owner says an employee used circuit breakers to stop the machine.
It’s unclear who was watching the child. Police are investigating.
However, police on scene said someone clearly failed to look after the child.
“You’ve got to watch your kids. That’s the bottom line. If that was my son or granddaughter, I’d be really upset that I let it happen,” explained Mitchell.
Paramedics first on scene told police that the girl is expected to survive.
She reportedly has a number of extensive injuries and is now recovering at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
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