Boy, 10, electrocuted while playing hide-and-seek in clothes dryer, police say

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HOUSTON, TX (WCMH/AP) — Police say a 10-year-old Houston boy died after he climbed into a tumble dryer during a game of hide-and-seek.

The boy’s mother said she saw him alive and drinking water around 5:30pm — about 30 minutes before he was discovered. Paramedics performed CPR in an effort to revive him, but he was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

KPRC-TV reports the boy was electrocuted, according to a report from the medical examiner’s office.

Christina Rodriguez identified the child to KTRK-TV as her son, third-grader Fernando Hernandez Jr.

Police Detective Michael Arrington told the Houston Chronicle that other children who were playing with Fernando found him unresponsive in the dryer.

The Chronicle notes that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a bulletin in December about several suffocation deaths involving children who crawled inside latch-type dryers.

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