Police say a 5-year-old girl from Texas has been hospitalized after she was trapped inside a running washing machine for “several minutes.” Pasadena police say the child was “tumbling pretty fast” for several minutes Tuesday before a customer noticed at Le’s Washateria laundromat in the 2400 block of Southmore Avenue around 6:15 p.m. according to Seattlepi.
The girl was then airlifted to a Houston hospital for treatment. Police say she is expected to survive the accident.
Police could not confirm how the girl became trapped inside the machine or how the machine started. Police say the manager told a woman who had previously tried to use the same machine earlier that it wasn’t working properly and returned her money.
The laundromat owner says an employee used circuit breakers to stop the machine once they found the little girl tumbling inside.
“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.”
It’s unclear who was watching the child at the time of the accident. However, police on the scene said it was clear somebody wasn’t paying close enough attention to their 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.
The little girl reportedly has a number of extensive injuries and is now recovering at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Girl Trapped In Running Washing Machine For ‘Several Minutes’ Survives