SoCal Child Dies in Freak Washing Machine Accident

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Authorities are investigating the death of a 4-year Mission Viejo girl who was killed at home when she climbed into a front-loading washing machine that 15-month-old brother turned on.

Kayley Ishii was taken to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center about 3 p.m. Monday and died at 8:30 p.m., said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Her 15-month-old brother either bumped or pushed the button to start the machine.

Amormino said the machine's controls were only 20 inches from the floor and the start switch was a simple push button. The girl was in the water-filled, tumbling machine for at least two minutes before her mother found her.

An autopsy Tuesday found Kayley died of blunt force trauma and the death was ruled accidental.

The girl's mother was home at the time, Amormino said.

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