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4-year-old girl killed in washing machine

February 3, 2009 | 11:48 am

Updated at 5 p.m.: The girl has been identified as Kayley Ishii.

A 4-year-old girl was killed when she became trapped inside a washing machine, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said today.

The child apparently climbed into a front-loading washing machine Monday afternoon at her home in Mission Viejo, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.

Her mother told investigators that the girl's 15-month-old brother managed to start the machine, and it was several minutes before she realized what had happened.

"The mother frantically tried to rescue the daughter and called paramedics," Amormino said. The child was rushed to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where she died at 8:30 p.m., Amormino said.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. The incident is under investigation, but Amormino said it was possible that the case would turn out to be a "tragic accident."

-- Alexandra Zavis