Carpi, Italy – A Moldovan woman was arrested after a newborn baby was found dead in a washing machine inside her northern Italy home, officials said.
Police searched the home and found the baby after the woman was treated at a local hospital emergency room for bleeding believed to be from giving birth. The woman denied giving birth, according to Italy’s ANSA news agency, and is accused of homicide and hiding a body.
Sadly, this is not the first time a child has been found dead inside a washing machine. Similar incidents have occurred globally in recent years. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, in November 2011, a 3-year-old boy in France died after his father placed him inside a washing machine and locked him inside. The father then turned on the cold cycle to teach the boy a lesson for flushing drawings that belonged to a classmate down the toilet.
In Australia in March 2012, a baby girl who was just minutes old was found dead in a washing machine in a Brisbane home. She was wrapped in a piece of clothing in a top-loader machine. The mother had initially denied that she was pregnant, and police focused on her and the father in the newborn’s death. The woman’s other children were taken away from her and her husband.
In Colorado, a teenager who threatened to kill her parents said she was placed in a washing machine when she was 6 months old, but that claim was unsubstantiated. However, a New York couple really did put their child in a washing machine — in a public laundromat, at that — and had to have an attendant unplug the machine and open the door so they could get their son out. Fortunately, the boy survived.