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Laundry PodKISSIMMEE, FL – A 1-year-old boy has died after eating a laundry detergent pod while at a Kissimmee battered women’s shelter.

Police say Michael Williams was with his mother at the shelter when he ate the highly concentrated pack of laundry detergent and later died. Police are still investigating, but say they do not feel the poisoning was intentional. However, it will be up to prosecutors to file any charges once the investigation is complete.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, in 2012, poison centers received reports of 6,231 exposures to the highly concentrated packets of laundry detergent by children 5 and younger. As of July of this year, that number is 5,753. In July, Tide announced it will no longer package their detergent in clear packaging, using an opaque packaging that they hope will prevent kids from thinking it is candy.

That’s cool of Tide, but Terri Durdaller, a spokesperson for the Department of Children and Families, released a statement that I thought better addressed how to prevent such accidents from happening:

“The death of little Michael is a tragedy. It reminds all of us as parents the dangers of leaving household cleaning supplies around our little ones. Unfortunately, on average we lose 20 children each year to accidental poisoning in the state of Florida,” said Durdaller. “We have had prior history with this family and at this time our investigation is open and ongoing. We continue to work with law enforcement as the investigation moves forward into the circumstances surrounding the poisoning.”

While looking for pictures to use for this article, I was surprised at how much those pods do look a lot like candy. My wife washes my clothes – she being the one equipped with a vagina – so I wasn’t aware companies had somehow made poisonous cleaning chemicals look so delicious.

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  • smh

  • cielodrive

    Jesus Christ–watch your kids you idiots!!!

  • Did a little trollin’ in the article – let’s see who bites.

  • They are pretty bright, attractive & candy-sized. I don’t understand why little kids keep on eating something after they’ve tasted it & realize it’s nasty-tasting, I mean he couldn’t have eaten it in one bite.

  • Just a wee bit of trolling. Sadly it’s just the truth. My hubby hasn’t done a load of laundry since we met lmao. Other than that devastating that people are foolish enough to let babies anywhere near that stuff.

  • And put the stuff high enough up where the kid can’t reach it!!

  • Lorraine Nation

    Wouldn’t the kid have spat it out as soon as they tasted it? My daughter drank rubbing alcohol as a toddler. I called the poison hotline and they said she probably didn’t drink enough to do harm as she would have spat it out as soon as tasted it. You can watch kids closely but they do touch stuff. My daughter was in the bathroom as I was cleaning it. It only took her a second to grab the bottle. It was unopened as I was using it to clean.

  • mmmmm tide pods, om nomnomnomnomnom

  • Jessica Stewart

    Well, children are kinda stupid and will regularly try to kill themselves. Although you would think they would spit bitter/gross things out, they’re still developing a sense of taste and smell, so something that smells good could deceive their newly formed brains until it was too late, as smell and taste are closely linked.

  • sugarpie

    Ah, I regretfully admit that this happened in our house. My granddaughter likes to “help with the laundry” and I told her I was getting a basket of clothes to take down to the washer. I came out of the bedroom and called her name to go down with me. I heard her calling me from the basement (she NEVER went down there by herself because “it’s scarey”). But, as I started down the steps, there she was with blue stuff coming out of her mouth and nose crying and saying “Nana, it hurts”. I always put the detergent up on a high shelf, but for some reason it was sitting on the sink counter this time. So I took her to the ER and they were more concerned that she inhaled it into her lungs than actually ingesting it. They said she hadn’t, so she may be sick to her stomach and have flu like symptoms for a week or so until it made its way through her system. I was so pissed at myself for allowing this to happen. I don’t know what to think about this case though. I was thinking what a terrible accident until I read the Dept of Children and Families statement. Sad, sad, sad. 🙁

  • Neon_Gonorrhea

    They do look kinda yummy…

  • CT

    Your wife does laundry in her vagina? That sir, is pure talent.

  • Miss_Ann_thrope

    My guess would be that Family Services was involved with this family because of domestic violence. Battered women are repeatedly charged with things like “failure to protect” or “child abuse (mental abuse)” by raising children in home where the child witnesses domestic violence on a regular basis. It is one of the ways the State’s Attorney tries to get domestic violence victims to leave their abusers.

  • You should see what she can do with her asshole. We have the cleanest kids in the neighborhood..

  • this is why bitches get hit… they’re irresponsible

  • I know accidents happen and there will always be hindsight logic speaking, but with so many deaths (and quite probably due to that candy like appearance) you would think they would have already change the packaging and make people more aware just how possibly this could kill your children and should be kept out of their reach…
    Sadly that pretty colorful appearance also psychologically lures the adult consumer into buying it..we’re all like monkeys or crows for shiny colorful things..lol!
    So sad that so many children die or get poisoned this way though.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Children associate almost anything as something tasty… like pills, match tips, certain scented soaps… the real answer is to be vigilent childproofing cabinets and other storage areas. Even if the number of reports seems high, my guess is that most parent are careful given the population of children in this age group. Even if you are the most paranoid parent… things go wrong…

  • Pica is really common in like kids. So sad. Odd coincidence We foster homeless pets and we have seen allot of Pica type behaviors in abused dogs. Makes me wonder if abuse has something to do with the causes of it…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pica_(disorder)

  • Same with bleach! I knew someone that tried to kill their self (GET ATTENTION) by drinking bleach. The EMTs laughed about it saying it would burn up the throat before he could have got enough down to kill him.

  • I’ve had two boys and the stuff they have managed to eat WHILE I WAS WATCHING is amazing! Makes me surprised they didn’t manage to kill themselves when I wasn’t looking. A few years back when there was that lead recall I laughed and said that if any parent was freaking about about that, they should have their kid taken away cause they must not have been paying much attention to the to begin with. My oldest liked to hid stuff in his diaper (Like Tommy Pickles) and you could imagine my horror the first time I saw him pull a SOGGY cookie out of the front of his diaper and try to EAT it! Once one of those big ass roaches (that fly) got in to the house, he beat me to it and STUFF the thing in his mouth. I only managed to get a few legs out before he chocked the damn thing down. Then there was the time I caught him in the litter box with litter suck all around his mouth. Now, I didn’t SEE him eat a cat turd, but I would bet money he not only ate one, but ate a SECOND one just to make sure it really did taste bad. And that was just my OLDEST kid. Once my youngest and I were outside playing and he grabbed a hand full of rocks out of the driveway and stuck it in his mouth. I THOUGHT I got them all out but the next day I found gravel in his poo when I changed his diaper. So by that point, I felt the lead would be an improvement in their diet.

    Kids that age are little ninja terrorist that only have one kamikaze mission in life: To. Fuck. Shit. Up. And they are damn good at it too. No parent can ever be fully prepared for what can happen. Once you think you got shit under control, they just evolve and adapt. They are the worlds great weapons of mass destruction ever designed.

  • tkaz

    That made me nauseous just thinking about it.

  • tkaz

    I’m not meaning to sound like a pompous asshole but why not just buy non-toxic cleaners? Granted, I know the shelter may have a lot of donated items or things that are inexpensive but as a whole….surely just keeping non-toxic is a good standby?

  • midniteshadows

    LOL!

  • midniteshadows

    I can see your point in having non-toxic cleansers as a safer alternative to accidental ingestion. However, I wonder if care-givers/parents would become lax in their vigilance of keeping such things out of the reach of little ones by thinking that if the kid ingests the cleaner, no harm done as it is non toxic.

  • midniteshadows

    “Well, children are kinda stupid and will regularly try to kill themselves.” LOL! Sometimes it does seem they are hell bent on self – destruction.

    “…they would spit bitter/gross things out…” like watching a kid eat lemons.

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels

    The boy was 11 not 3. I am not sure how this could have been prevented outside of putting a padlock on the cleaning supplies.

  • BrittBrittRoss

    Um, he was 1?

  • ultracreep

    lmfao! My sister ate a beetle once and we found her with legs and wings all around her mouth. The cat box scene in your post is priceless though.

  • BrittBrittRoss

    I think the neglect that goes along with the abuse is what does it…if they were eating a proper diet of dog food with dog-type essential nutrients, they would be less likely to exhibit Pica behavior.

    With children, it would be tougher to distinguish as a symptom of abuse because so many kids especially toddlers are so damn picky & won’t always eat what’s good for them.

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels

    I could have sworn that said 11. That’s what I get for reading this on my small screen.

  • JohnQknowitall

    My youngest brother at about 4 years old stacked a box on a chair to get to the top shelf of the closet where my parents stored medications for child safety reasons. Twenty minutes later my father took my brother to the ER to have his stomach pumped for the “M&Ms” he just swallowed. Devious little monsters!

  • Chinchillazilla

    It wasn’t an accident. The kid just realized he lived in Florida and took his only way out.

  • All he had was legs hanging out of his mouth, twitching around, like it was trying to eat out!

  • DAMN! That’s scary shit! Thankfully they just like to eat “all natural” stuff 😛
    I’m one of those Moms that keeps their head right up my kids ass (Full-Time-Stay-At-Home Mom/Wife) to the point that their Grandma tells me to pull my head out for air and I look back and am AMAZED that they did kill themselves. My oldest like to stack stuff up to make ladders too. One built stairs to scale over the baby gate in the middle of the night. I woke up to pee or get a drink or something, saw that and ran across the house looking for him and found MORE “stairs” by the FRONT DOOR! He undid the DEADBOLT and was out on the highway. He was about two at the time. Now he is a Junior in High School. Little shit now says he wants to be an engineer.

  • I know that with one dog we fostered (For almost two years) would EAT non food items allot. Not “chew” or “mouth” like normal, be EAT. Just like you said, we think it was a “habit” she picked up due to not being fed well before she was rescued. When we started feeding her with the family dogs, she would just cower like she was waiting for them to attack her and take her food. Plus, she had never been a “puppy” before. She was about a year old and we had to show her what “play” was. So some of it could have come from her having that puppy mouthing stage once she got to really be a puppy. And that lead her to just eating what ever she mouth on. The pecan tree next door always drops pecans in our yard, once she found out “food” was in them, she would eat them shell and all. Our youngest would sit outside and crack them open for her when he got home from school.

    Now kids are just mean lean non food eating machines! (See my post above 😛 )

  • Cheeseburger Sanchez

    That is actually why I stopped using the pods. Right after I first read a story about kids doing that, and thought to myself, “How stupid do you have to be to eat those?”, my three year old made me eat my words. I found out that when he was getting up in the middle of the night, he was getting in the laundry cupboard, pulling two of them out, and then hiding them under the dog’s bed. When I found his stash, I asked him why he was doing it, and he said, “Cause they look tasty. I am saving them for when there is no more candy!”
    Damn kid makes my hair turn grey.

  • haven`t thought about it til` now, don`t have kids. I can see how babies would want to play with these. Everything about them looks like an atractive toy or something to eat. I`m suprised there hasn`t been way more of there types of things happening.

  • haven`t thought about it til` now, don`t have kids. I can see how babies would want to play with these. Everything about them looks like an atractive toy or something to eat. I`m suprised there hasn`t been way more of there types of things happening.

  • wolfcat

    One of my uncles died drinking cleaning fluid as a baby. Making it not look like candy will not influence babies in any way. They naturally put anything and everything into their mouths. This is not Tide’s issue, it’s an issue of parental supervision.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Some kids show an early aptitude for what they may become later in life. Just be glad he wasn’t going around & dumping out the household trash cans…

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    That’s right, turn it around to being all about you. LMRAO!

  • Wildheart

    Well he certainly showed great aptitude at an early age! 🙂

  • BWAHAHAHA!

  • Well, my youngest son has “Jazz Hands” wonder what that shows aptitude for ;P

  • Kids are very talented at making us (parents) look like stupid assholes

  • JustBrowsingLife

    “She, being the one equipped with the vagina”.

    Wow! Another use for my vajay jay. Who’d a thunk it? Me thinks it would be a challange getting it to push the digital control panel buttons though.

  • JustBrowsingLife

    How many parents out there have had their children “help” with household chores? Accidents do happen right in front of you. This could have happened to anyone of us. My daughter almost choked to death on a piece of bread she snatched from another child. She was one and the room was filled with adults and children. I was scared out of my wits but managed to extract a ball of dough from her throat. If I would have not seen her for a minute longer she could have died. Please don’t judge before you know all the facts. Children hide things in their mouths all the time.

  • JustBrowsingLife

    Did you also read battered women’s shelter? That always bring the DCFS out of the woodwork.

  • JustBrowsingLife

    Hey! See my post above. Mine is willing but does not have the agility.

  • Flomox

    My personal preference was for Gain, but I found Tide had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor – heady, but with just a touch of mellow smoothness.

  • Aussie Sabbath

    I’ve never seen washing powder that looks like that until recently. “Fairy” brand dishwashing tablets look like those too.
    How the fuck do they look like candy?
    Why where they on the ground instead of on a shelf?
    If they were on a shelf, how would a toddler get to them?

  • mean birch

    change the title to CHILD DIED AT SHELTER AFTER NOT BEING PROPERLY SUPERVISED. Shit, the kid was one? Shame on the adult. Christawemighty some people should not have kids.

    Vagina = laundry?
    What does penis equal?

  • mean birch

    Aww Sugar pie, how aweful for you and her

  • Heisenberg

    For what it’s worth I got a load of these the last time I went out for halloween

  • ultracreep

    EEEEK. Those fucking things terrify me. My kids didn’t eat things, but they made enormous and gross messes. When they were babies and we realized that nap time was a little longer than usual, we knew we were in trouble. We’d walk into the room and find what we not so affectionately called a “shit fest.” They would dig in their diapers and paint crap all over themselves, the walls, the toys, the bed…whatever they could reach. So nasty.

  • ultracreep

    Considering what my kids did as babies, I should consider myself lucky that they didn’t turn out to be scat porn stars.

  • Oh, I’m a Yummy, tummy, Funny, Lucky Gummy Bear.
    I’m a Jelly bear, Cuz I’m a Gummy bear,
    Oh I’m a movin’, groovin’, Jammin’, Singin’ Gummy Bear
    Oh Yeah!

  • I drank kerosene as a toddler and almost died. Kids don’t always spit out things that taste nasty.

  • Tenbux

    Was I the only kid who didn’t consume random objects on the off chance that they could be candy?

  • Jessie

    Especially at a shelter where there will be kids…

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    A lot of places like these survive off of donated materials, so getting non-toxic stuff on a regular basis might not be possible.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Garbage disposal, perhaps?

  • Aussie Sabbath

    The blue one looks like a urinal cake LOL

  • Aussie Sabbath

    Nope. I never ate anything poisonous because I thought it was a “lolly”. Perhaps it was because my parents weren’t complete dumbarses and actually kept those things away from me.

  • Tina Matthews

    My 3 year old is not allowed around the dishwasher when I am loading and unloading and the cupboard with the cleaning stuff has a child lock on it. Its called common sense. If your child is not old enough to know that detergent pods are not for eating, then they shouldn’t be handling them. Did you not read the number of children who have been poisoned by them this year alone? This is not piece of bread, he did not choke, his death was completely preventable.

  • Twisted1

    My daughter would eat anything when she was around 2. I about lost my mind. I had a few calls to poison control. I found out that the plastic gel type plug ins were non toxic. Just in case anyone was wondering if it was ok to chow down on one. 😉

  • Twisted1

    You had a night roamer too? Every grey hair I have I owe to my daughter. Lol

  • techsupp0rt

    “Meat group!”

  • takurospirit

    The smart ones are way more trouble.

  • takurospirit

    My two year old son loves dresses, ponies, and making things pretty. He also tries to neaten up my clothes because mommy is messy. So, you know…

  • takurospirit

    My son got into his tube of “butt cream” when he was around one years old. He was eating it straight out of the tube. When I caught him he was like “Want some? Mmmm.”

    It was just the petroleum jelly stuff. He’s fine.

  • Cheeseburger Sanchez

    He still does it. He is five, but we just had to get a lock for the fridge, because he was taking food out of the freezer and putting it in the pantry for some reason. He also enjoys going in his sisters room and sitting in her baby swing. Because he is weird.

  • JustBrowsingLife

    Well you better get a support system together now. Because no matter how closely you think you are monitoring your child things do happen. That was the moral of my story. In caseanyone missedthe the point.

  • Abroad

    They were at a shelter. His Mum is probably sharing space with far too many other women, and sensible precautions she might have taken in her own home are not necessarily possible there.

  • DUDE! OMG YES!
    Then I got real lucky cause that is the same child that earned the nickname “Poo-Poo Picasso” after he built “stairs” that he used to climb up and throw shit on the ceiling! He would always do fucked up stuff when we put him in “time out”. We have to give up spankings out of fear we would beat him to death. He was the “Tony Montana” of ass whippings by the time he was two. No matter how many pops he got, he was still like “Come on! I’m still standin’, huh! Fuck! Come on! Go ahead! I take your fuckin’ spanking! Come on! I take your fuckin’ spanking! You think you can get me to mind you with spankings? I take your fuckin’ spanking Go ahead!”

    That’s when we move to trying “time out” and every damn time he would “Poo-Poo Picasso” his room. Little asshole, I should tell his girlfriend about that next time I see her….

  • Don’t feel bad, my Hubby is a big macho Fire Fighter and when he was coaching little league football with our youngest son, (Who was three years old) he didn’t play in a game cause he would rather go see the Nutcracker! Bet he had fun telling the other Dads/Coaches why he wasn’t there that day!

  • I say that still to this day every time I see a bug I’ve caught one of them ingesting over the years!

  • Then I would much rather be the Mother of dumbass’

  • God yes. Slept with the couch pushed up against the front door. Hubby thought it was FUNNY until he woke up one morning and couldn’t find him. The he put an alarm on the front door. He only set it off once.

  • I snickered over the swing part!

  • ” I think they enjoy making you run around in circles and making you crazy.”
    EXACTLY!!!

  • Have many photos of my oldest covered it butt cream! And once while watching tv he stuck his hand up to my mouth and said “Mmmmmm! Bite?” He had a big ass BOOGER on the end of his finger that he wanted to “share”.

  • I so feel your pain with that!

  • Eleonora Usher-Rigby

    Jeez, that sucks! I’m wondering if I really want to wash my clothes with something that can kill people. Not that eating laundry detergent would ever make someone feel good, but I think it would be better if it wasn’t deadly poison.

  • Twisted1

    The only lock I found that they could not open was the magnet lock. That one was used to destroy my TV though. Lol

  • Twisted1

    When I lived in Navy housing someone rang my doorbell at 2 am asking if I knew who’s kid he was holding. It was a 2 yr old in a diaper in 70 degree weather. He turned out to be the son of a lady 5 blocks away. He had been missing for three hours by the time the police figured out who’s child it was. When they came to the door (wide open) the parents were still asleep. The mom answered the door saw the police and knew right away her son was the reason. She claimed he busted down two child gates and got out. I am not sure how true this was as the state pressed charges against her.

  • Twisted1

    Found my little princess on top of the fridge (where we put medications for safety reasons). My daughter was a strange child and actually loved taking medicine. So I woke up at 1 am to find her trying to eat Vicks. (That was the day I put the lock up in her room and moved in). Damn little stinker took a chair and got on the counter then used her spider monkey super powers to vault herself on to the fridge. I heard the chair and that’s what woke me up. In the time is took me (less then a min.) to get up to see what she was doing she was already on the fridge.

  • Lorraine Nation

    Sorry to hear that. My daughter was fine. They told me to strip her naked as it could soak into her skin if it was on her clothes

  • stormy

    I know this isnt the point, but how on earth was the baby able to get past the horrible taste of the detergent?

  • stormy

    True, battered womans shelters are way to crowded! Some shelters have a rule that children must be with a parent every where they go, even in the laundry room….and kitchen, unless you can arrange for someone to watch the child.

  • Tina Matthews

    Of course things happen, which is why I’m not gonna put my child in a situation where something bad is LIKELY to happen, why take the risk? Isn’t it part of our job to keep our kids safe?

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Your children are already in a situation where something bad is likely to happen.

    It’s called LIFE.

    You can’t prevent EVERYTHING. It was a tragic ACCIDENT. Stop trying to be a bitch about it, just because this particular accident didn’t happen to you, oh miss high and mighty.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    omg. i laughed way too hard at this.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    I ate raw eggs. Well, tried to. I did manage to coat myself, the dog, and the entire first floor in raw egg.

    Then there was the time I tried to make food.. and got the stove on … but I was trying to use Tupperware.

    You know. i’m kind of surprised my mom didn’t just kill me.

  • 18th40

    Your attempts at getting there first were probably overwhelming her.

  • Anthony S.

    they do look delicious

  • JGo555

    My 2yr old is allowed to load the dishwashing soap pod into the dishwasher. Why? Because my hands are wet, his’ aren’t & because he can touch it, smell it and use it correctly in front of my eyes.
    Doing this satisfies his curiosity for it.