Pictured: Brother and sister among three children killed after climbing into an old freezer and getting trapped while playing outside
- The children, ages one, four and six, were playing when they climbed in freezer
- Dalton, 6, and one-year-old Kayleigh were brother and sister
- Third child has yet to be identified
- Police said the three became trapped inside after an adult walked into their home
- Adults at scene immediately searched for the children and found them in freezer
- They administered CPR before paramedics arrived and rushed them to hospital
- The children were pronounced dead; no foul play is suspected in the tragedy
Two siblings have been identified after they were found dead trapped inside a freezer along with a third child.
Dalton, 6, and one-year-old Kayleigh were brother and sister.
The children’s grandmother is said to not harbor any ill feelings toward the other mother who was at the Suwannee scene, according to First Coast News.
But she did share that the family is heartbroken over the children’s death
A family friend who babysat the kids has established a GoFundMe for the children’s funeral expenses that has so far raised more than $1200.
Dalton, 6, and one-year-old Kayleigh were identified as two of the three children who died after getting stuck in a freezer
‘These two children had a tragic ending to their lives too soon or so we all think is too soon but we’re told that God has a time for everyone,’ the page stated. ‘I babysat these two children I bonded with them.’
The third child has not been identified.
The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office said the children were outside playing at a residence on 173rd Place in Suwannee County when they climbed into the freezer and became trapped.
During interviews with the adults present at the home, police found out that the freezer had just been brought to the residence but had not been plugged in or brought inside the home.
The children’s grandmother is said to not harbor any ill feelings toward the other mother
Authorities said ‘for unknown reasons they climbed inside’ the freezer while one adult had gone inside the home to use the bathroom.
‘When the female returned to the yard, she could not locate the children so she woke up the other adult female who was at home, sleeping, preparing to work the night shift, and they began to search the property and an adjacent vacant home for the children,’ a police statement reads.
Finally, the adults, who have not been identified, found the children when they opened the chest freezer.
None of them were breathing. The adults immediately administered CPR and called 911.
Upon arrival, first responders transported the children to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead.
A GoFundMe has been made for the siblings. It has raised just more than $1200
The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office said the children were outside playing at a residence on 173rd Place in Suwannee County when they climbed into the freezer and became trapped
Authorities said they inspected the freezer, which had an after-market, hasp that had been installed on the lid in order to secure a padlock on it.
‘It is believed at this time, that when the children entered the freezer, and the lid closed, the hasp fell shut, trapping the children inside. There was no padlock on the freezer,’ police said.
The investigation is still ongoing, but at this time, foul play is not suspected.
However, the case will be forwarded to the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office for review.
The Florida Department of Children and Families has also been notified.