Safety Agency Probes Girl’s Washing Machine Death

Kayley Ishii Courtesy MySpace Email

February 9, 2009

MISSION VIEJO —  A federal consumer safety agency says it has opened an investigation into the death of a 4-year-old girl after she climbed into a washing machine.

U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission spokesman Scott Wolfson says the agency will look into whether the same safety standards that stop agitators from operating when the lid of a top-loading washer is open can be applied to front-loading machines.

Authorities say Kayley Ishii apparently climbed into a front-loading machine Monday in her house, and her 15-month-old brother switched it on.

The controls of the machine were located 20 inches from the floor.

Kayley was in the water-filled tumbling machine for at least two minutes before her mother found her, said sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.

Amormino says the little girl apparently climbed into the front-loading washing machine at her home in the 28000 block of Los Alisos.

Her brother managed to turn the machine on, either by bumping against it or pushing a button, Amormino said.

Investigators have talked to Ishii’s mother, Mayumi Ishii, regarding the details of the death, he said.

She frantically tried to get her daughter out of the washer and called paramedics.

Ishii told investigators that she didn’t know why Kayley climbed inside the front-loading washing machine.

“They don’t know if they were playing or what,” Amormino said. “It is very unusual.”

The little girl was rushed to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo where she was pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m., according to Amormino.

An autopsy revealed that the child died of blunt-force trauma, Amormino said.

The girl’s death has been ruled accidental.

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  Sandy wrote @ April 20th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

This is a perfect example of how valuable it is to have an in-home safety inspection with a professional child proofer. New models of appliances are coming out all the time and no one ever thinks it could be a death trap for children. It’s always a good idea to make sure any type of appliance is inaccessible to children or has safety locking devices installed.

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