3 Florida children died after climbing into an unplugged freezer

RelentlessImages/ShutterstockA chest freezer.
  • 3 Florida children died after climbing into an unplugged chest freezer, the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Facebook.
  • The children, ages 1, 4, and 6, climbed into the freezer while playing outside when the adult supervising them went inside to use the bathroom.
  • By the time one adult realised the children were missing and later located them in the freezer, the children were unconscious and not breathing.
  • Efforts to resuscitate the children were not successful.
  • It is unclear why they climbed into the freezer, but foul play is not suspected.

3 Florida children died Sunday after climbing into an unplugged chest freezer, the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Facebook.

The children, ages 1, 4, and 6, climbed into the freezer while playing outside when the adult supervising them went inside to use the bathroom, per the statement.

“When the female returned to the yard, she could not locate the children so she woke up the other adult female who was at home, sleeping, preparing to work the night shift, and they began to search the property and an adjacent vacant home for the children,” the statement said.

By the time they found the children in the freezer, all three were unconscious and not breathing, per the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office. The women began resuscitative efforts and called 911.

The children were transported to a nearby hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Police say it is unclear why they climbed into the freezer, but foul play is not suspected.

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Authorities suspect the children became trapped because the freezer, which had been recently delivered to the home but had not yet been installed, came equipped with a hasp to secure a padlock on. Police believe that although there was not a padlock on the freezer that time, when the lid fell shut the hasp fastened in place, trapping the children inside.

The investigation is ongoing.

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