VIDEO: Three Children In Florida Found Dead Inside Chest Freezer
By Space Coast Daily // January 14, 2019
Foul play is not suspected
ABOVE VIDEO: Three Children In Florida Found Dead Inside Chest Freezer. (WFLA Video)
SUWANNEE COUNTY, FLORIDA – Three children were found dead inside a chest freezer Sunday night in Suwannee County, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office says the three children, ages 1, 4, and 6-years-old were playing outside in the yard and climbed inside of a chest freezer for an unknown reason.
Investigators say the freezer had recently been brought to the residence, but was not yet plugged in or brought inside when the woman went inside of the residence to use the restroom.
When the woman returned to the yard, she could not locate the children.
She then woke up the other woman who was at the home, sleeping, preparing to work the night shift, and they began to search the property and an adjacent vacant home for the children.
Investigators say when the women opened the chest freezer, they discovered all three children inside and not breathing.
Both women immediately began resuscitative efforts and called 911.
When emergency personnel responded to the scene, they encountered family members performing CPR on the children.
Suwannee County Fire Rescue (SCFR) transported the three children to an area hospital where they were pronounced dead.
The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office requested the Florida Department of Law Enforcement respond to the residence to assist in processing the scene.
Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office Investigators have conducted interviews with all of the adults present at the home during this incident
“Upon further inspection of the freezer, an after-market, hasp had been installed on the lid in order to secure a padlock on it, ” said Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office in a statement.
“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. No padlock was on the freezer.”
The Florida Department of Children and Families has also been notified.
Foul play is not suspected in this case, according to the Sheriff’s Office..
The investigation is still ongoing and the case will be forwarded to the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office for review.
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