Miss. Baby OK After Spin in Washing Machine

7-month-old Valle Hernandez on the mend after mishap
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2009 4:02 PM CST

(Newser) – A Mississippi infant is out of the hospital and on the mend after accidentally going for a terrifying ride in a washing machine. Seven-month-old Valle Hernandez wound up inside a front-loading machine—apparently with an assist from his 4-year-old brother—and his mother started the machine before noticing him, reports the Sun Herald. Three local men forced open the door, which had locked automatically, and saved the baby, who had to be resuscitated.

"All I remember was a lot of screaming and crying and hollering," a local business owner who came to the child's rescue tells the New York Daily News. "It was horrible to see a baby like that. He was solid purple."