4-year-old girl dies in washing machine

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. Deputies say the girl, Kaylee Ishii, was in the washer for at least a couple of minutes as it filled up. She was rushed to the hospital where she later died on Monday night.

The washer was a front-loading machine.

"The victim's 15-month-old brother turned that washing machine on," said Jim Amormino, /*Orange County Sheriff's Department*/. "The mother found out about the incident and frantically tried to rescue her daughter from that machine ... Eventually, did get her daughter out ... Called the rescue ambulance."

An autopsy ruled Kaylee's death accidental. Officials say she suffered blunt force trauma, caused by the action of the washer.

"It's hard to believe that this could happen," said Josh O'Neill, a neighbor of the Ishii family. "It's sad to hear that the family has to go through something like that. But, it's pretty tragic."

Authorities say detectives are investigating the incident to figure out exactly how this could have happened.

"One obvious question that people will ask is, 'How could a 15-month-old child turn on a washer machine?' Apparently, this model is very easy to turn on, according to investigators," said Amormino.

Authorities say the model of the washing machine was a /*Kenmore 417 Front-Load Washer*/. The dials are about 20 inches from the ground.


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