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Girl trapped in washing machine, ‘tumbling pretty fast’

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PASADENA, Texas (AP) — Police say a 5-year-old Texas girl has been hospitalized after she was trapped inside a running washing machine.

Pasadena police say the child “was tumbling pretty fast” for several minutes Tuesday before a customer noticed at Le’s Washateria laundromat.

The girl was airlifted to a Houston hospital. Police say she is expected to survive.

Police could not say how the girl became trapped inside the machine nor how it was started. Police say the manager told a woman who had tried to use the machine earlier that it wasn’t working correctly and returned her money.

Le Washateria in Pasedena, Texas (Via Google) Streetview)

Le’s  Washateria in Pasadena, Texas (Via Google Streetview)

The laundromat owner says an employee used circuit breakers to stop the machine.

It’s unclear who was watching the child. Police are investigating.