HILLSBORO, Oreg. — A toddler in Oregon drowned after he fell into the family’s running washing machine.
According to the reports, the 21-month-old Oliver Hebb fell into the machine after he climbed on top of it while his mother, Tiffany Hebb, was in another room reading a magazine. Sadly, the machine was in a wash cycle.
Oliver’s mother found him partially submerged in the machine within minutes and pulled him out, but he wasn’t breathing. Her screams alerted neighbors who performed CPR on the boy. They were able to get Oliver breathing again but he never regained consciousness.
The family removed Oliver from life support on Sunday after it was determined that he was brain-dead. An autopsy report would reveal Oliver Hebb died of oxygen deprivation to his brain as a result of drowning and suffered physical trauma from the washer’s agitator.
Most washer’s are equipped with a safety mechanism that stops all mechanical functions if the lid is opened. That doesn’t always keep the machine from filling with water, or in this case, the agitator from working.
Some machines, like mine, don’t care if the lid is open or not because they are assholes. That particular safety feature is broken on my machine — which sucks when I leave the lid open and return to find water sprayed all over the room with an odd sock stuck to the wall.
Anyway, my condolences to Oliver’s family. They are struggling financially and don’t have health insurance. Neighbors are planning a silent auction and a fund at a local bank to help pay for “Ollie’s” hospital bill. If anyone gets the details on that fund, post them in the comments.Tags: Crime, Drowning, Oliver Hebb, Oregon, toddler, washing machine