Investigation into how toddler had arm ripped off by washing machine
Published 12/10/2011 | 16:16
AN INVESTIGATION is under way after a toddler had his arm ripped off by a washing machine.
Three-year-old Lewis Wrench was reportedly trying to help his mother, Rachel, by filling the machine with clothes.
Ms Wrench, 24, a mother of four, from Crewe, Cheshire, was in her living room when she heard her son screaming hysterically.
It is suspected the boy had opened the front-loading washing machine which kept on running instead of automatically stopping.
His mother found him covered in blood, with his left arm detached and inside the machine.
Lewis's arm was torn off just below the shoulder and he was rushed to hospital but doctors were unable to re-attach his limb.
He may have to undergo further surgery and will eventually be given a prosthetic arm.
The washing machine is rented and the make is unknown. It has been taken away for examination by local Trading Standards investigators.
A spokesman for Cheshire East Council said: "We are very sorry to hear about this tragic incident. It is something that we are aware of and we are currently carrying out investigations."
Since the accident, which happened at around 11.30am on September 11, local police, friends and family have rallied round to raise money to treat Lewis to a trip to Disneyland.
A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: "Inquiries took place to determine the sequence of events which resulted in the child receiving the injuries. The investigation was then passed over to Trading Standards.
"Staff were so moved by the horrific incident they felt the need to raise money for the family.
"Different departments have donated prizes which will be raffled off at a later date."