|Mystery over Jiangxi toddlers found dead in washing machine
Police in eastern China are investigating the mysterious deaths of two young sisters found in a bloody washing machine over the weekend, a newspaper reported.
Local police in Jiangxi province have ruled out murder, the Global Times newspaper said, citing Xinhua. Police confirmed that the girls died of suffocation, the Global Times report said.
However, other domestic reports said police have not excluded the possibility of foul play.
The newspaper said that the girls – who died Saturday – were aged four and two, while other reports said three and two.
“The father found the girls curled up in the closed washing machine with a lot of blood when he saw the light on the washing machine was flickering,'' the children's grandfather was quoted by a Jiangxi-based online news portal as saying, according to the paper.
A witness quoted by the portal who was said to have helped take the children to hospital described the heart-breaking scene.
“The girls were swollen and had bruises all over the body,'' the witness said. ``There was a lot of blood in the washing machine.''
The children's mother fainted when she heard about the deaths, the witness added.