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10-day-old girl dies in washing machine

Monday November 08, 2010 06:52:56 PM, IANS

London: A 10-day-old girl died in Britain when her mother put her in a washing machine with a pile of laundry, a media report said Monday.

Maggie May was found by an aunt who opened the top loader after hearing it clanging as it came to the end of its 40-minute spin cycle, Daily Express reported.

Police and paramedics rushed to the house but found the tiny baby still in the machine tangled in the clothes.

Detectives said it was the most tragic thing they had ever seen. Many were left in tears.

The baby's mother Lyndsey Fiddler -- who is thought to be hooked on the illegal drug crystal meth -- was charged with ­second degree manslaughter.

Police in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, are probing if the mother of three killed her daughter by accident.

Police chief Tom Holland said Fiddler had dozed off after switching on the machine. Her aunt, Rhonda Coshatt, called at the house and found Maggie May.

In a frantic call to emergency services, Fiddler, 26, is heard saying: "My baby is dead."

She can then be heard ­arguing with her aunt who is heard on the call saying: "No, I did not kill your baby. You did."

Holland said: "The mother was asleep and Coshatt had trouble waking her and heard the washer out of balance, clanging, so went to lift the lid so it would stop and in the washing machine, saw the baby."

The baby's father, Benjamin Trammel, said: "Inside my heart, I can't believe Lyndsey would have hurt our little girl."







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