Hillsboro Toddler Drowned?

Okay I can’t hold my tongue any longer!  Have any of you seen this news article from Hillsboro, Oregon?  I was born there and still live on the outskirts of it, but anyway the article is titled: “Parents of Hillsboro toddler who drowned in washing machine warn others“. It goes on to tell how the mother always leaves the lid up on her clothes washing machine while doing the laundry.  Now as an electrician and appliance repairman, I noticed it right away.  My wife noticed it too!

Noticed what you might ask?  That it is not possible to wash clothes in a washing machine with the lid up!  Oh it will fill up with water and even drain, but it will not spin or agitate (clean) the laundry without the lid being down and closed.  Why?  Because the closed lid actuates a switch which completes the circuit to the washing machine motor turning it on.  Open the lid, the spinning or agitation stops almost immediately.

Curiosity got the best of you, right?  I was telling the truth about the tub moving wasn’t I?  Washing machines have had this safety feature installed in all washing machines for decades!  It was put in for this very reason, so a child would not be pulled underwater by the agitator and endanger his or her life!

Now knowing this and looking at the news release here at KPTV 12, I’m not entirely believing this mother’s story.  And maybe the Hillsboro Police might consider another look-see also.  What do you think?

SparkChaser4

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