1-Year-Old Drowns In Family’s Washing Machine

HILLSBORO, Ore. (CBS Seattle) — A 21-month-old boy was laid to rest after drowning in his family home’s washing machine.

Ollie Hebb’s body was found by his mother in their Hillsboro, Ore., home on March 23.

“I walked around through my whole house calling his name and couldn’t find him anywhere,” Tiffany Hebb told KSL-TV. “And then I put my hands in the washer and felt his little body. The worst day of my life.”

According to the Deseret News, Hebb ran to a neighbor’s house to help get the stuck toddler out of the washing machine. The neighbor then began performing CPR on Ollie’s lifeless body.

“I couldn’t get him out of the washer; he was stuck,” she told the Deseret News. “So I pulled his head above the water, and he had no heartbeat, no pulse. He wasn’t breathing.”

Ollie’s heart restarted nearly an hour later. He was put on life support for 24 hours before the family decided to let him go.

“We just held him, cuddling him for his last moments of life,” Hebb told the paper. “Six hours later, he took his last breath and passed away.”

Ollie was buried this past weekend in Utah.

  • Eric Long

    Hug your children tonight. Be thankful for every moment, even the hard ones. Rest easy, little one.

    • SnottyKid

      Who needs abortion, when you can put your kid through the extra rinse cycle.

      • Shameonyou

        that’s a horrible thing to say

    • g. orwell

      This can happen to pets too! Impulsive Amerikans should learn to exercise individual caution and responsibility, rather than let the gummint do it irresponsibly.

  • ricky

    How does a 21 month old get into a washing machine?

    • Dave

      i’ve never seen a front loader that didn’t have doors that locked during operation, unless the child was in it already before it was turned on which i can’t see happening either. i suspect it’s a top loader and somehow the child was able to climb up, open the lid, and fall in while it was operating and had water all ready in it.

      • BOB


      • ObamaNotPresident

        This probably never happened like much of the news reported by the state run media after the coup and cover up.

        Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret and learn what the media cannot report, the truth. We have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

    • Dee

      Can only guess, but Front loading machines are popular again.

    • Bill

      Probably a front loader. He could have stood on anything (a box of laundry soap?). What a terrible event. My heart goes out to the family.

      • SnottyKid

        How could she reach into the water if it was a front loader? Mother put kid in washing machine…no more kid…problem solved…

      • Bob

        no this makes no sense, charge these people with murder and get over it, how does a 21 month year old get into a washer, watch your children, and why would they be by a washing machine to begin with. Total BS, these people commited murder, either way, they should be charged and put away for life, these parents are stupiid, period.

    • Old and in the Way

      I watched my nephew, at the same age, scale the playground chain-link fence like a lizard: up and over. Some boys at that age are very coordinated.
      So sad for this family.

    • Wayzataguy

      I am definitely not buying what she is trying to sell here.

    • http://lifewithjuneandward.wordpress.com vortexdweller

      Well, my son (at about the same age) managed to pull a kitchen chair into the laundry room, open the lid and climb in. I was upstairs doing housework at the time. When I noticed that the house was quiet, I went looking for him. Thankfully he had gone in feet first and was strong enough not to get pulled under.

  • Boo

    I just hope this moonbat mom doesn’t sue the washing machine manufacturer.

    • thinkingdownstream

      Boo, I pity you. You take time out of your day to call the mother of a dead toddler a name and disparage her for some act that you “hope” she won’t do is beyond pathetic and indicative of a putrid mind and soul.

      You could have “hoped” for her and her family to recover quickly from the tragedy, but no, you are worried about her taking some legal action that for some reason bothers you more than the death of a child…

      Congratulations, you have proven quite clearly to the readers here that you are a piece of human-shaped excrement.

      • Apple

        Wow, you took the time to name call a stranger, pot calling the kettle black…sound about right. It’s called dry sense of humor…and not outrageous considering everyone blames someone else. Didn’t hear the mom in any of her interviews, blame herself. Instead she justifies how she made the mistake and is now calling attention to herself “to try to help others”. This is what she should have said, I was stupid and irresponsible and I killed my child, so please don’t be the same.

      • Boma Boy 2012

        Hold on there HOTHEAD. Why wasn’t the “moonbat” mom watching the less than 2 year old

  • beefrank

    This story smells to high heaven. This is impossible.

    • t9e_nSC

      Not impossible. Are you kidding? My son at 21 months would have had no problem physically falling into our washing machine. He probably could have climbed up but he definitely could have pushed over a chair & then fell head first in. Children drown in buckets. The child had watched his parents putting clothes in the washing machine I’m sure. Kids mimic adults. …There’s always someone who wants to be the cynical know it all, no matter how baseless their accusations may be.

      • kmrod


        you’re either not a parent or just trying to be an ass if you honestly think a parent has eyes on a 21 month old 24/7.

      • Jessy

        Yeah, you obviously have never been a parent.

      • joe

        Then arrest them for negligence. And polygraph them just in case. No 21 month old should be out of a parent’s sight long enough for this to happen, precisely for the reason you state. KIds do all kinds of stuff no one thinks they could.

      • Apple

        I agree with Joe, kids do all kinds of things you don’t think they would…You don’t have to watch them 24/7 but you should not expose them to hazard. It’s called risk reduction. Sorry to say people, but in this case 100% her fault. Close the damn door to the laundry room you moron.

        You don’t need to be a parent to have common sense. I have 2 young children…we put door knob shields and outlet plugs, etc and gates to dangerous areas.

      • Boma Boy 2012


        I agree with you and have 6 kids so I speak from experience. You DON’T let a 21 months year old alone by the washing machine for just this reason

        But what do you expect from these liberal nut jobs, If she’d aborted the child they’d be having a party in her honor.

        Maybe the mom shoulda said it was a very late term abortion!!!!

    • Georgiasaraann

      OK, I agree with beefrank. Unlikely the child could have climbed up to the washer. Who leaves a washer full of water with the lid up? And you do not know where your 21 month old child is at all times? I guantee this is not the last of the story. This story does not ring true.

    • julie

      Looking for a Bag of Skittles?

    • CG

      When my third son was 18 months old he scaled 3 1/2 – 4 feet up a wooden wall unit to reach a fish tank that was on a shelf in the wall unit. I found him as he was standing on the shelf and sticking his arms in trying to reach the fish. He was almost lifting himself up while trying to climb into the fish tank to reach them. If he had fallen in head first he would have drowned in the tank. The fish tank was gone that day. I am a teacher, mother of four, and not naive about children, but my 3rd child climbed like none of my other sons did. Accidents happen and sometimes we don’t envision that our toddlers can do the things they do before something happens. This doesn’t make her a bad mother.

      • Apple

        Yeah, but at least what your kid did was less likely. The washer reached his chest level, according to her interview. Also a kid can push a chair or stool or box and climb up (plausible)

        Ignorance = bad mother IMAO

  • Washie Washie

    Sounds like a little agitator to me . . .

    • Mikey A


  • Ragnar

    This story doesn’t wash. How does a 21-month old climb into a washer? How does he get the door open while its running? How does the washer restart with the door open?

    And it becomes even fishier if it was a front-loading washer, since they turn off when the door opens and won’t restart unless the start switch is pushed again. (yes, I own a front-loader.)

    • Washie Washie

      “This story doesn’t wash . . .
      Good one!

    • michele

      maybe it didn’t turn back on. Maybe the door was still open (top loading machine). The baby may have just drowned from falling in. Can’t imagine how he got on top though. It’s horrible.

    • kmrod

      –How does a 21-month old climb into a washer?

      by doing what 21 month old kids do, by climbing on stuff. maybe there was a table next to the machine, or a laundry basket.

      –How does he get the door open while its running?

      by picking it up.

      –How does the washer restart with the door open?

      who said the door stayed open?

      –if it was a front-loading washer

      why are you adding “facts” to the story? show me where in the article it says anything about a front loader.

      • kmrod

        —i have not seen laundry rooms with tables low enough for a toddler to climb up on.

        really? i have two laundry bins in my laundry room that a 21 month old could easily climb on

        —and you are saying a 21 month old would just lift the lid of a top loading washer up? How would he know to do that?

        from having seen his mother do it.

        —Also, he would not have the strength/leverage to do that.

        have you ever opened a washing machine? the lib weighs about 1/2lb and would be VERY easy for a 2 year old to pick up.

        —IF this was a front loader,……..

        again, if we’re allowed to make stuff up to reach conclusions the rest of this conversation is going to be very easy for me.

      • Georgiasaraann

        Laundry bins would not be high enough for a child to climb to the top of the machine. It would take time for a child to do all this climbing, lifting and falling in. I had two sons and three grandchildren. I know what they are capable of and likely to do. I never let them out of my sight. Especially not at 21 months. A child that age would not just lift the lid off a washer. they would also have to know how to pull it up, highly unlikely. This story is so bogus. KMrod, you are making up the scenarios. The mother needs to at least face negligent charges. I read another report on this, she was reading a magazine in another room when this happened. Would you not read in the same room as your toddler?

      • Georgiasaraann

        I have not seen laundry rooms with tables low enough for a toddler to climb up on. And you are saying a 21 month old would just lift the lid of a top loading washer up? How would he know to do that? Also, he would not have the strength/leverage to do that. IF this was a front loader, it would have been impossiblde to shut the door if you are in it. This story is not true. Watch, the police will release the real story.

    • blather is better

      I agree that this story smells like dirty laundry. I am the mother of three grown children. You don’t need to lock them up to keep an eye on them at all times when they’re young and climbing, exploring, etc. I agree that we need to know more facts about this case. However it seems suspicious that the youngster drown. Unless the house is 5,000 sq feet, how do you lose a baby?

  • Rob

    Had to be a top loader. Front loaders don’t have enough water to drown in, plus they have to lock to operate. Also, it makes sense that he would have fallen in head first and gotten stuck in the agitator, front loaders don’t have agitators. I have four kids and I can’t even imagine. So sad, can only pray for the family and hope the mom can forgive herself.

  • Jessy

    I’m shocked by some of these comments. My son was an aggressive mover and climber at One, and was always into something. Accidents can happen under the most vigilant eyes.

    Even though kids are a ton of work (there’s no harder job on the planet), every grin, laugh, and hug is worth it. I can’t imagine the pain his parents are in. May God bless them with peace.

    • Boo

      Jessy, There’s always one. I have a daughter you could leave in the middle of the room with every possible distraction and danger and she’d never get in trouble. However the next one was just the opposite. You could her in a empty padded room and she’s find a way to get in trouble.

      As a parent your job is to PROTECT your kids and I believe this mom was negligent in this case. At 21 months you know what you have and this kid should never have come close to a washing machine…. sorry for her loss but I think she has to live with the blame.

      • Apple

        I agree with Boo. She is to blame and will have to live with it. It’s unfortunate that, but the lesson should be to others. “I was careless and I killed my child”, not washing machines are a hazard and I didn’t know it. It’s not rocket science…container with water = drown risk. Not surprising.
        Jessy, would you have left a washer open and leave your “aggressive mover” alone. As parents, it’s called risk reduction. You can’t prevent all accidents; this “accident” was plain careless.
        James, I suggest closing the laundry room door. I also put knob protectors (even my 4 yr old can’t open); Kids don’t understand danger like adults do. You should also teach your child danger as soon as possible…so at the very least your warning may prevent an “accident.
        Kids can climb early and can be resourceful…like getting a stool or chair to climb up (my son figured this out at 13 months)…

      • James

        Other than locking them in their room 24/7, what do you suggest? I don’t think any reasonable person would expect a toddler to climb a washing machine and jump in. I don’t think anyone has ever thought of child-proofing a washer machine. Barring any new information, this was most likely a tragic freak accident.

  • paulh

    Some dumb ass do it yourselfer by passed the lid switch and the kid opened the door and fell in.. Or a very stupid servicer did it.

    • Andrew P.


  • Fred

    Moronic parents, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.
    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.
    Impeach Obama, support Ron Paul.
    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:

  • david

    This must the fault of criminals. We need to get tougher on crime. lol

  • FED UP


    • Apple

      Who goes to the bathroom and leaves the door to the laundry room open. Just bc she was ignorant, doesn’t mean she’s not at fault. It’s called manslaughter, FED UP. I agree with Andrew…all caps is very annoying…

      Doesn’t make your point anymore valid
      I think if people take responsibility for their actions, and educate themselves, less accidents would happen. If an accident happen that was out of a person’s control, they deserve sympathy. She does too for the loss of her child, but not for her careless mistake. Let’s hope the woman learned her lesson.

    • Andrew P.

      “yelling” your entire post in ALL CAPS is incredibly annoying. I’m sure you know that.

      • Georgiasaraann

        She probably yells all the time too. Come on, FED UP. Nobody leaves the top open on a washer. I do blame the mother. I will go further. I think she got mad at her child and shoved him in. I have pictures of my children at that age where I put them in the empty washer and they are peeping out. It’s harder to put one in than you think. This woman was negligent or willfully drowned her kid. The story is just too convenient. Wait and see.


    So sad. Too many are having kids these days before they have a brain. And it’s always the kids who suffer.

    • Jessy

      Just because something tragic happens to a child under the parent’s watch, doesn’t mean the parent is an idiot. Correlation does not equal causation. Accidents happen. This doesn’t mean there couldn’t have been negligence, certainly NONE OF US have all the facts. But why beat up a parent before you know the facts? Isn’t their loss punishment enough for the moment?

      • Andrew P.

        If I kill my sister, should I not be punished because the loss of my sister is “punishment enough for the moment”?

  • Frank

    RIP little one. I’m sure you fought mightly to get free. Condolences to the family.

  • Bobit

    Better get Al Sharpton on the case. Clearly a case of racial profiling.

    • karvictho

      You are a very sad mean spirited knucklehead.

  • sinick

    I don’t think this was an accident.

  • Vickie

    Accidents happen all the time. Unfortunatley, when it’s a child, the first thing the public wants to do is string up the parents. There is some horrible abuse going on out there, but not every accident is the result of abuse or neglect. Children will be children, and many times are involved in tragic accidents. The parents are grieving enough without heartless, thoughtless individuals screaming it’s the parents fault. Some people are just plain cruel, accusing a grieving parent that he was at fault for his child’s accident is cruel, and history has proven it’s the cruel individual that is more likely to abuse a child.

    • wow

      Um HECK YES Vickie we string up the parents because they are 100% responsible and liable for their kid’s actions – that’s why they are called PARENTS.

  • Conan

    RIP little buddy

  • Dave Mowers

    Maybe I’m over thinking it but why doesn’t the government and industry create a standard design for all washing machines sold that has a wider interior for top loaders and lower water level so this sort of thing cannot happen? Why do washers have to be deep you can wash just as much with a wider area in only 1 foot of water.

    This is pretty easy engineering-wise but it would mean our government actually had to do something of value which may really lead to saved lives or better lives.

    • kmrod

      the answers are “because it almost never happens that someone drowns in a washing machine” and “because you can drown in 1′ of water as quick as you can in 2′ of water”

  • Garr Obo

    The cops need to take a close look at this one.

  • Jaybird

    Children that age are top heavy. Their heads are over sized in relation to the rest of their body and it’s easy for them to fall into something head first. They can drown by falling head first into a bucket or bathtub with only 2 or 3 inches of water in it. Never leave them alone even for a few minutes.

  • Jewfromhell

    Here comes another stupid govt. warning label! “Take the clothes off children before wahing”.

    • Apple

      Stupid government warnings are for stupid people who sue because they are stupid and want to blame someone else.

  • Diane

    I want a report from an autopsy that the boy had laundry fluid in his lungs. And why did the Mother show NO remorse when seen on TV?

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