Mother arrested after 3-year-old daughter climbed into the washing machine and died

  • Brooke Haney, 25, was arrested on Tuesday for two felony counts of endangering the welfare of a minor
  • Brooke, a mother of three kids, was accused of prescription drug abuse and putting her children at risk
  • Brooke was napping when her 3-year-old daughter Alexis climbed into the washing machine, accidentally closed the lid, and later died

HAMPTON, Arkansas – A mother has been charged with two felonies after her child was found dead in a washing machine last year.

Lindsey Bever mentioned in her article for The Washington Post that Brooke Haney, 25 years old from Hampton, was arrested on Tuesday for two felony counts of endangering the welfare of a minor from two different incidents last August and October.

Brooke, a mother of three kids, was accused of prescription drug abuse and putting her children at risk.

In the  incident that happened in October  last year, Brooke, who was using prescription tranquilizers, was napping in their Arkansas home when her 3-year-old daughter Alexis Haney climbed into the washing machine and accidentally closed the lid.

Turns out that the machine was used as dirty clothes hamper by the family and was programmed to start washing upon closing the lid.

Upon waking up, Brooke could not find her 3-year-old in the room. After searching with the help of a neighbor, they found the child inside the washing machine.

An article by Lindsey Bever for the Independent said that the child was pronounced dead at the Medical Center of South Arkansas; with doctors declaring the cause of death as scalding and thermal injuries.

“It hurt my heart to know a little child died like that. I couldn’t imagine what pain she went through,” said Bobbie Holmes, a neighbor of Brooke.

The elder child in the home told police they were used to helping with the laundry.

Back in August 2015, Hampton police officers detained Brooke after she was accused of “exhibiting behavior indicating she was under the influence of prescription medication,” as per court documents. She was driving like that and had a 10 months old baby in the car.

According to the affidavit, Brooke was in possession of numerous prescription pills for which she did not have a valid prescription. Moreover, Brooke is pregnant and expected to have another baby next month.

Meanwhile, reports say that her two surviving children are under the care of the state’s Division of Children and Family Services.

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