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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:34 PM

1-year-old Ore. boy drowns in washing machine

Associated Press – Mon, Apr 2, 2012


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OREM, Utah (AP) — At 21 months, Ollie Hebb was his mother's helper on laundry day, climbing atop a bin so he could toss clothes into a top-loading washer.

On the morning he went missing for a few minutes, Tiffany Hebb went through her house calling for him but got no answer. She found the toddler in the washing machine, submerged in a full tub. He died a day later.
His mother, recently moved to Oregon from Utah, says she never thought the washing machine would be a danger to her child and is telling the story to make parents aware of the danger.


The Consumer Products Safety Commission, a federal agency, says such deaths are rare — two children under the age of 5 died in washing machines between 2005 and 2009, according to a 2011 report.
"I ran through my whole house, calling his name and couldn't find him anywhere," Tiffany Hebb told The Deseret News (http://bit.ly/HAwgTZ ), "not ever thinking that he would be in my washer."


Tiffany and Chris Hebb will likely not face charges, Hillsboro, Ore., police spokesman Michael Rouches said Monday.

"Detectives don't believe that this was an intentional crime or that anyone stuck the baby in the washer," Roushes said Monday morning. "We have the DA's office look into it, just to make sure there wasn't a degree of negligence."

Rouches said detectives looked but couldn't find other cases when toddlers drowned under similar circumstances.

"She was 30 feet away in the living room, reading a magazine," Rouches said. "It wasn't like the mother had this kid unattended at the time."

The 2011 report says two children under the age of 5 died in washing machines between 2005 and 2009. During that timeframe, 350 children died in bathtubs, and 77 drowned in something else, such as a decorative water feature, a cooler or a septic tank.

The boy died after a day on life support. His organs were donated.

The couple had recently moved from Orem, Utah, to the Portland suburb where Chris Hebb had found a job.

The newspaper reports the boy was buried over the weekend in Utah.

"Every night when I go to sleep, I start feeling sick," Chris Hebb told the newspaper. "Every time I wake up, I think this is a nightmare and then realize it's real. . You hear a baby crying in the night from a neighbor's house. You wake up, hoping it's your little boy, and then realize he's not there."

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:37 PM

That's really sad.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:40 PM

I have no way to explain how a child would drown, in a washing machine, without someone being negligent.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:42 PM

I have no way to explain how a child would drown, in a washing machine, without someone being negligent.


, something doesn't add up here at all. Poor kid though.

"She was 30 feet away in the living room, reading a magazine," Rouches said. "It wasn't like the mother had this kid unattended at the time."

Sure sounds like unattended if you ask me... ?

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:49 PM

I thought he was helping her; how could someone possibly lose sight of someone so important to them who was yet so very fragile?

I find this segment especially appalling:

"She was 30 feet away in the living room, reading a magazine," Rouches said. "It wasn't like the mother had this kid unattended at the time."


That just reeks of bad parenting-- if I had someone so young I would keep my eye on him and take him with me after he was done helping me, not leaving him crawling around or whatever in the dangerous area with an open pool of water there that's deep enough for him to drown in! :picard:

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:53 PM

That is just horrible, how can she not have noticed him on top or around the machine when she started it up?

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:54 PM

Some people aren't fit to be parents.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:56 PM

Obviously none of you actually know what it's like to be around young children. Often times they can slip out of your sight without you even realizing it, even if you are "keeping an eye on them". I have a niece and just the other day I was babysitting her.....I took a break from playing toys with her and sat down on the couch with a book; next thing I new she was in the other room.

All I'm saying is that you shouldn't be blaming the Mother, and realize that stuff can happen (very quickly).

P.S. Children like to be helpful, it's in their nature. The mother might have just been letting him toss stuff into the washer for a minute while she sat down.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:03 PM

The first thing that came to my mind was: How dumb can you be to let that happen??

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:04 PM

That's really sad. RIP.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:09 PM

this is so sad.
kids are very unpredictable and can slip away at any moment - if you turn your head away for a single moment.
you cannot watch a kid 24/7, there will always be moments where your attention is turned elsewhere.

i am a lifeguard and there are times where i have turned my head to talk help another kid and turn back and another kid has climbed out of the pool to run to his mom/dad.

this is a very sad situation and while a lot of people want to call bad parenting, i do not think this is the case.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:09 PM

The mother might have just been letting him toss stuff into the washer for a minute while she sat down.


So let me guess this straight. You let your child toss stuff into an active, open, washer. Then proceed to completely disregard any possible outcomes and just walk away? And then forget about it? That's about as negligent as it gets. Don't need to be a parent to understand that.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:11 PM

Wow talk about traumatic
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:19 PM

I feel bad for this mother. Being a parent to a toddler is exhausting at times. This Mom probably thought she had baby proofed the house but never thought her little guy would climb up and then fall into a washing machine. It is a one in several million occurrence what happened. How do you foresee that?
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:21 PM

So sad and what a horrible way to die.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:24 PM

I feel terrible for this mother. Sometimes, no matter how vigilant you are, no matter how well you've baby-proofed, no matter how close you keep your children at your side, tragic things can happen anyway. :(

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:27 PM

I feel awful, awful awful for this, but I laughed at the title

Best of luck to his family

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:27 PM

This Mom probably thought she had baby proofed the house but never thought her little guy would climb up and then fall into a washing machine. It is a one in several million occurrence what happened. How do you foresee that?


So a one year old can actually - on their own - climb up a washing machine and physically lift the lid up high enough, that they fall in? Are one year olds really capable of this? I find it hard to believe that a child that young, could accomplish such a feat. I will have to reserve judgement until more details come out.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:32 PM

i used to run threw a pig pen when we had boars in there with tusks and i was only 3. tragic accident but thats life sometimes. Dont blame the mother

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:37 PM

So a one year old can actually - on their own - climb up a washing machine and physically lift the lid up high enough, that they fall in? Are one year olds really capable of this? I find it hard to believe that a child that young, could accomplish such a feat. I will have to reserve judgement until more details come out.


Depends on the one year old. (Though the child in this story was 21 months old, almost 2 years old). I once had an 11 month old in my care who while I was getting something from the living room, approx, 10 feet away, built a staircase out of the kitchen drawers, climbed up them to the countertop and greeted me happily from his perch on the top of the fridge. Time elapsed was barely 30/45 seconds and he had never done it before, nobody was even aware that he knew how to do such a thing. So I do believe that the one year old in this story could have done exactly what the investigating detectives have concluded happened.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:40 PM

So a one year old can actually - on their own - climb up a washing machine and physically lift the lid up high enough, that they fall in? Are one year olds really capable of this? I find it hard to believe that a child that young, could accomplish such a feat. I will have to reserve judgement until more details come out.


21 months is almost 2, so yes, he probably could at that age. I once babysat for a family of 5 children (key word here being once.) They had twin 2 year olds. If one wasn't climbing on the furniture the other one was trying to stick his fingers in the fan or pulling out the cutlery drawer. I swear they have some kind of death wish at that age.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:44 PM

Obviously none of you actually know what it's like to be around young children. Often times they can slip out of your sight without you even realizing it, even if you are "keeping an eye on them". I have a niece and just the other day I was babysitting her.....I took a break from playing toys with her and sat down on the couch with a book; next thing I new she was in the other room.

All I'm saying is that you shouldn't be blaming the Mother, and realize that stuff can happen (very quickly).

P.S. Children like to be helpful, it's in their nature. The mother might have just been letting him toss stuff into the washer for a minute while she sat down.


It's certainly nothing like leaving a child in a car while they go shopping.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:08 AM

I have no way to explain how a child would drown, in a washing machine, without someone being negligent.

The first thing that came to my mind was: How dumb can you be to let that happen??

So let me guess this straight. You let your child toss stuff into an active, open, washer. Then proceed to completely disregard any possible outcomes and just walk away? And then forget about it? That's about as negligent as it gets. Don't need to be a parent to understand that.


People on here are so quick to jump to conclusions... :picard: :sadno:

Edited by Scottish⑦Canuck, 04 April 2012 - 05:08 AM.


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:55 AM

Wow...some of you guys need to shut the hell up.

Bad things happen...you can't keep an eye on your kids every second of every day until they move out - it's just not possible.

Wait until you have your own kids.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:03 AM

I have no way to explain how a child would drown, in a washing machine, without someone being negligent.


Here's your first option: don't listen to CDC. They don't know you or your situation.


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Feel really sorry for the parents. Words cannot describe how it must feel losing a child.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:16 AM

So let me guess this straight. You let your child toss stuff into an active, open, washer. Then proceed to completely disregard any possible outcomes and just walk away? And then forget about it? That's about as negligent as it gets. Don't need to be a parent to understand that.


I didn't read anywhere that the washer was active. And she wasn't standing there watching him. Does anyone read anything. No one can watch a child all the time. A tragic accident and nothing less.

 

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:41 AM

At least he died clean.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:54 AM

Really sad.... at least they donated his organs. It's always touching when people do that.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:02 AM

At least he died clean.


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:18 AM

, something doesn't add up here at all. Poor kid though.

"She was 30 feet away in the living room, reading a magazine," Rouches said. "It wasn't like the mother had this kid unattended at the time."

Sure sounds like unattended if you ask me... ?


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