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hope chestFranklin, MA – A brother and sister, both under 10-years-old, have died after trapping themselves inside a hope chest while playing inside their home.

Investigators believe Lexi, 8, and Sean Munroe, 7, climbed into the chest on their own and didn’t realize that it could only be opened from the outside. Although other family members were inside the home at the time, including three older siblings, the chest was located in a room where a television was on.

“Several family members were home at the time of the incident,” said David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk District Attorney’s office. “The hope chest was in relatively close proximity to a television that was apparently on with a substantial volume at the time.”

By time the boy and girl were found inside the chest, they were unconscious. Both were rushed to the hospital but would later be pronounced dead. Neighbors comforted the victims’ three siblings after the bodies were found. “They were in bad shape,” a neighbor told reporters.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths, but believe this is just a tragic accident. The chest was made by Lane Furniture, who recalled the ‘Lane’ and ‘Virginia Maid’ model of their chest in 1996 to replace locks that automatically latched when closed.

I’m taking a guess here, based on Traub’s comment and the neighbors comforting the surviving children, but I’m guessing the victims were being babysat by the older children. Traub said the parents are cooperating with police.

Out of all the stories that we’ve reported on concerning children dying after accidentally getting locked inside something, the one that sticks with me most is the death of 6-year-old James Cook. He died in 2007 after hiding from his sister inside a microwave that had been placed outside. After climbing in and shutting the door, he suffocated in 91 degree heat.

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  • letinstar

    tragic…

  • Vesper B

    Oh my goddess. If it turns out the siblings were taking care of the kids, I hope they received extensive therapy. Horrible situation for the entire family.

  • Evan

    could they not breathe in a wooden chest? how the fuck long were they in there for!? What television program were the other family members watching?

  • Cassy_Again

    If it was a hope chest it might have been airtight and cedar lined. That was the point of hope chests back in the day.

  • Cassy_Again

    If that was a hope chest it might have been airtight and cedar lined. That was the point (keep out moths). Now that I think of it, my mother’s hope chest only opened from the outside, too. You had to push the part where you put the key in to release the latch.

  • Vunderlak

    My 2 year old’s name is Sophia. I call her soapy, because she can get in a sink of dishwater in less than two seconds. I feel for these people, and those things are airtight, so it would not have taken ten minutes.

  • thebossessecretary

    My mom’s hope chest was cedar also, and was also airtight. It did not have a locking clasp, though, but we were told that if we touched it we would get our asses kicked.

  • Buffettgirl

    So sad, and now I’m having these grateful thoughts that none of the four of us died doing the same damn thing as kids… we hid in the hope chest, we hid in the washer and the dryer, we hid in the crawl space… so many horrible things could have happened!

  • LuvsHorror

    Devastating. How do you come back from that? I am so sorry for this family.

  • Kelly

    How heart breaking. I don’t know if I could come back from that. How awful for that family.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    So sorry for this whole family. This is going to take a lot of time for any level of healing to even begin.
    RIP little ones.

  • Jessie

    Poor kids! I don’t think anything that can fit a human should be made to open from one side only.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    :( Not much hope in that chest anymore.

  • technicolorpachyderms

    To quote Cassy_Again, “If that was a hope chest it might have been airtight and cedar lined. That was the point (keep out moths).”

  • newstarshipsmell

    Man, that hope chest sucked the ‘o’ right out of the brother, huh?

  • newstarshipsmell

    I guess the lesson here is “fill your child death trap hope chests with crap so there’s no room to hide in them.”

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Or do what I do, and bury it in so much junk, opening it is impossible.

  • tkaz

    My friend had like…20 old washers & dryers in her backyard. Which is kind of weird because they had a pool too but we played in those dryers instead. We’d get inside & let the other one “tumble” us. I hid in trunks, boxes…sheds..all kinds of things. But I was NEVER hurt. Never in my wildest would I think a child could get trapped in a trunk.
    THis is such a horrible tragedy. This isn’t even something one would know to stay away from.

  • tkaz

    I got in my moms hope chest too!! She graduated ’75 so it had to have been made in the early 70’s I’m sure. There was a mechanism to keep the lid from slamming & I don’t remember it locking…
    But I got out is the point.

  • Evan

    seen that – thanks pachy

  • Benighted

    Mine is in a hiding phase… I think it’s time I took a closer look at my furniture and make sure there’s nothing around here like that she could get into. You hear all the warnings about refrigerators and washing machines but you don’t think about furniture you’ve lived around for years. What a terrible thing for the whole family.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Oh you saw that?

  • Evan

    yea after i came back from lunch – cassy_again didn’t post before i did.

  • Evan

    i got into your moms chest too – very very hair nips yo

  • Taster’sChoice

    Cool – And don’t take this the wrong way but my girlfriend says “I seen that” all the time and it drives me out of my fucking mind when my 6 year old says it which was the point to my question… In hindsight, I think my mom did me a serious disservice by being an English teacher and teaching me how to speak correctly because that apparently was a fad that has gone seriously in the wrong direction over the past couple decades. For this moment only I am going to blame all of the rap influences who speak incorrectly to make shit rhyme (and teach my 6 year old how to say things incorrectly.) Sigh. Signed, grammar police. lol. Thanks for playing. ;-)

  • Evan

    ooooooo I understand now. For me, correct grammar is for situations when one cares about his/her grammar. Posts on DD do not warrant me taking the time to ensure my grammar is beyond criticism. For example, when I publish in the journal of applied climate and meteorology (oops i forgot to capitalize that title) next month the grammar is going to be spot on (http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/JAMC-D-13-071.1). However, when commenting on a crummy article that Morbid can’t even spell “brother” right in the title….i don’t give a flying fuck about the grammar. Thanks for pointing it out tho.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Fair enough – and you’re certainly entitled to that I suppose. That comment about Morbid misspelling the title is just as comical as it is appropriate. Thanks for the laugh!

  • Evan

    no doubt no doubt…. hey for another laugh watch this all the way through http://i.imgur.com/gM7KPWo.gif

  • Taster’sChoice

    Love it. Yeah that guy really showed the elevator who was boss. Wasn’t that a DD article at some point? Anybody know if he died? If he didn’t he got seriously hurt…

  • Evan

    after he missed the elevator he was like “rife isn’t worth riving anymoooooorrrre”

  • Taster’sChoice

    I just daaaaable checked, he did die. I guess he fell 19′ and since she was going down, he must have landed on top of the elevator. I bet that scared the bejesus of everyone in it at the time. Crazy because I always hit the “close the fucking door ASAP button” when I see people coming. :-) Of course we have the slowest elevator in the city so doing so is justified. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1318802/Korean-man-wheelchair-falls-death-missing-lift.html

  • Evan

    the battery in that thing probably was very heavy

  • newstarshipsmell

    Dammit, Evan, now I’m going to lose at least the next hour of my life watching that over and over again. As if I haven’t already seen it hundreds of times…

    BTW did you know he earned himself the Darwin Award WINNER OF THE CENTURY?

    http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2010-08.html

  • newstarshipsmell

    Totally off-topic, but did you see this?
    http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/06/4602525/surrogate-helping-with-sedgwick.html
    A heart-warming story involving two of my favorite baby-mauling machines!

  • Evan

    my hats off to him

  • Buffettgirl

    Awww… Good Sparkles! That’s a great story, and the Pittie didn’t kill anything – Bonus! ;-p

  • Heather_Habilatory

    It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure this comment out.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    It’s kind of a fuckedup version of that Dish Network Hopper commercial “The kitchen is the most dangerous place in your home.”

    Now you’re side-eyeing the couch and the tub. Cuz they’re total babykillers.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Did you have to read Evan’s comment above first?

  • Heather_Habilatory

    No. It finally sunk in. I did notice the typo in the article title, but I don’t get that butthurt by typos that I let it last much longer than just noticing it.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I thought of children in my family and my stomach sank for the family and these kids. God how do you come to terms with this.

    I can’t help, but wonder why would someone keep this kind of trunk around without altering the lock. It is like children playing with an OLD discarded refrigerators – anyone old enough to have children has got to have seen those commercials. Different box, same concept. God, what a horrible way to die and one of the kids was in that box when the other passed out first. Terifying.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    Updated story with victims names and more importantly, the model of the chests.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I was thinking refrigerator psi’s

  • LibraLady100776

    I live 15 minutes away from that town. There was a parent home with all the children the whole time. Funny how no one noticed they weren’t seen for a while. I have 2 kids and always check in with them even if they are in their own rooms. Also the tv was turned up loud so no one would hear them if they screamed. This really sounds fishy! I hope this was an accident and nothing more. You just never know these days!!

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    That wasn’t a misspelling, asshole… I was conserving space! But whatever. For you I will add the missing “o” . Jesus, you guys are so picky.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    Sad thing is, I didn’t know what the hell you were talking about until 7 hours after you made the comment. :P

  • newstarshipsmell

    Mission: Accomplished!

  • BubblesinGriffinGA

    According to another story that I saw earlier, this chest had apparent’y been recalled years ago because a bunch of other kids had died the same way inside them. I want the make and model of that thing!

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    It’s in the article.

  • BubblesinGriffinGA

    That’s what I get for commenting after only skimming the article lol

  • alicia arol

    That’s what I say! I just don’t understand THE POINT of designing these types of LARGE objects in a manner that can potentially turn them into DEATH TRAPS. I don’t have any children of my own, but I can definitely see how a large, wooden, box kept on the floor in the room of their house would tempt young children into wanting to use that “large, wooden, box” to play “Hide & Seek”-to hide from parents, etc… What I can’t wrap my mind around is WHY any object large enough for a person to fit
    inside of it would ever have to be made so that it LOCKS SHUT WHEN CLOSED
    (ie what was ever the point in designing Hope Chests in that manner in
    the first place)? Even refrigerators that lock shut
    & can’t be opened from the inside make more sense to me than do
    Hope Chests that sit inside a home & can easily be empty or nearly
    empty all the time (thus creating a very tempting place for young
    children to want to hide in) being designed in this manner=At least
    refrigerators normally have shelves & food inside of them, &
    it’s usually only refrigerators that are being discarded that
    occasionally become death traps for young children. Not one bit of this
    story makes any sense to me (including the fact that these 2, young, children suffocated to death while the adults who were supposed to be keeping an eye on these children were completely oblivious about THE HORROR that was taking place right under their noses), but in the end I believe that what happened in that house was
    simply a SENSELESS TRAGEDY that could have been avoided had all those
    involved (including the 2 dead children) simply been more aware…

  • alicia arol

    Yea, I noticed that the this article & the nightly news said that a TV WAS BLARING right beside that DEATH TRAP hope chest where those 2, terrified, young, children were probably screaming for help while they were busy slowly suffocating to death=I wonder if the “adults” who were home at the time were watching the game, under the influence, etc… You just never know, but what I do know is that the ADULTS in that house should have been keeping a much better eye on those young CHILDREN!!!!

  • Evan

    agreed, but i put about 40% of the blame on the adult who allowed a death trap to be a part of their living room. no?

  • alicia arol

    Yup-I agree with you on that one, as well! Like I said in another comment I posted, I don’t have children of my own, but viewing it from a child’s perspective I can definitely see how TEMPTING it would be to hide (from my parents or while I was busy playing “hide & seek” with my siblings or friends) in a large, wooden, box that was just sitting there on the floor of one of the rooms of my house. (As an “aside” can you imagine how the father of those 2 children must feel if he was one of the adults home at the time this tragedy took place-The 11 o’clock news I watched last night stated that the father of those 2 children was THE ONLY ADULT home at the time=If that was the case then I don’t know if his marriage will survive?)

  • Buffettgirl

    Stalker love…

  • Tara Mangini

    I read this site all the time, but have never commented before. This family lives about 5 minutes away from me in the next town over. I don’t know them personally, but I can’t even fathom what they are going through right now. The family has 5 children. From what I have read the father had dinner with them around 6 pm, and then did not see them again. It sounds like when the wife came home around 8 from work she realized the two were missing and that’s when they were discovered the children. There has been a lot of online criticism of the father, but I feel nothing but sadness & compassion for this family. These children were not toddlers, they were 7 & 8. They probably went to play in their room or possibly watch a movie after dinner, and he didn’t realize anything was wrong.

    Most parents probably feel comfortable and safe with the kids in their own home playing at a certain age. I am sure this father never in a million years could have imagined the horror that was transpiring in his home, and now he has to live this horror and guilt of knowing he was home when it happened. I can’t imagine. Everything I have read says the family are very good and caring parents, who were very involved with their kids. My guess was that the father might have been watching the big football game (I read that on a news site) ,and thought his children were playing or watching a tv or a movie. They likely never of the danger of the lane chest, they had purchased it 2nd hand over 12 years ago.

    My heart goes out to this family, suffering through something I don’t even think I could survive. There have been so many cruel comments on the local news websites in my area…it’s making me lose faith in humanity. It’s such a tragic accident, but people seem to want to blame someone. When I was growing up we left the house and didn’t get back until dinner time, and I am pretty sure I was younger than these children. That’s just the way it was. So many people are commenting that he was neglectful for not checking on them constantly.

  • Helena Philomena Liebekraft

    Stories like this make me so sad. I need to go find one of your awful adult perps to mock after this.

  • BrittBrittRoss

    Rawr!

  • Rachel Lasher

    My cousin and I did this when we were 5 and 3 yo in a deep freezer on our porch that was not being used! The seal locked closed so we could not push it open…

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Thank you for this. This needs to be said.

  • phhantom

    Thank you for sharing. Its really just terrible. Nobody is to blame IMHO – just a tragic accident.

  • phhantom

    Apparently there was a 2 hour window when the parents were gone.

  • JGo555

    Damn.

  • alicia arol

    Can anybody ADEQUATELY explain this one to me: A guy on another site stated that when he was young this exact hope chest was in his home, & he can’t for the life of him understand how 2 kids as young as Lexi & Sean were able to lift the HEAVY (15 pounds according to this guy) hope chest lid on their own?