3 Young Children Die After Getting Trapped in Freezer

The children, ages 1, 4, and 6, couldn't get out after it closed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 14, 2019 5:00 PM CST
3 Young Children Die After Climbing Into Freezer
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(Newser) – Authorities in Florida say three young children playing outside climbed into an unplugged chest freezer and died when they couldn't get out, the AP reports. The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office says the children, ages 1, 4, and 6, couldn't be revived when they were found Sunday at a home in Live Oak in north Florida. Officials say the children lived at the house with their mothers, who are roommates. Two of the children were siblings.

The sheriff's office says in a Facebook post that one of the women went inside to use the restroom and couldn't find the children upon returning. The women searched the property and found the children in the freezer. The sheriff's office says foul play isn't suspected. The case will be forwarded for review to prosecutors. (A child climbing a park fence was fatally electrocuted.)

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