Oregon toddler drowns in washing machine

OREM, Utah — The parents of a 1-year-old boy in Oregon say he drowned in a washing machine in the few minutes that he left his mother’s sight.

Tiffany Hebb says 21-month-old Ollie Hebb used to help her with the laundry by throwing clothes into the top-loading washer. She says Ollie went missing for a few minutes on March 23, and she found him wedged inside the water-filled machine.

Mother, Tiffany Hebb, told KSL said she walked through the entire house, calling his name and couldn’t find the boy.

“And then I put my hands in the washer and felt his little body. Worst day of my life.”

A neighbor performed CPR, but 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 of Hillsboro. The Deseret News reports Tiffany and Chris Hebb buried Ollie over the weekend in Utah.

Tiffany Hebb says she’s warning parents about the drowning dangers of washers.

“Everyone talks about the tub, and I knew never to leave him alone in the tub… which we never did,” Hebb told KSL. “I just want to make mothers and fathers aware that it’s a possibility, I never, even after it happened it still didn’t seem real.”

Now, the couple is in Utah to bury their son.

“There’s just such a void…he would be sitting between us right now probably,” said Hebb. “Spend quality time with your children and your wife and make it count because you never know how long you have.”

Credit: The Associated Press and KSL
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