Three children have died in Florida after becoming trapped inside an unplugged freezer when the lid closed on them.
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.
The investigation revealed that the children were playing outside their Live Oak home on Sunday evening when they climbed inside a freezer left in the yard, according to a Facebook post by the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office.
The mother of the 4-year-old told investigators that she was outside watching the children and went in to use the bathroom. When she returned, the children were gone.
The women searched the property and found the children in the freezer.
“Upon further inspection of the freezer, an aftermarket hasp (a replacement slotted hinge fitted over a loop) had been installed on the lid in order to secure a padlock on it,” the post reads.
“It is believed at this time, that when the children entered the freezer, and the lid closed, the hasp fell shut, trapping the children inside. There was no padlock on the freezer.”
The sheriff’s office said foul play isn’t suspected. The case will be forwarded for review to prosecutors.