OKANOGAN — A five-year-old girl was trapped inside a running washing machine at an Okanogan Laundromat Saturday night until her mother used a wrench to break the window and pull her out.
The 29-year-old Malott woman was doing laundry at the Okanogan Dry Cleaners & Laundromat when the child either got in or was put into a washing machine that was marked Out of Order, said Okanogan County Undersheriff Joe Somday.
He said when the door was closed, the washing machine started automatically, and the door could not be opened.
That’s when the mother ran to her car, got a wrench and broke the glass on the washing machine door, he said. When she pulled her daughter from the machine, the girl got a 10-inch cut on her back, the undersheriff said.
She was treated at Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, and the incident was reported to the Colville Tribe’s child protective services, he said.
Somday said the mother also received cuts from the glass in the washer’s door.
Deputies contacted the Laundromat’s owner and a maintenance person, and both said they couldn’t get the machine to start earlier, he said.