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Death 'imminent' for boy pulled from washing machine

8-year-old Castaic boy is on life support after what authorities are calling a tragic incident, which is under investigation.

August 05, 2013|By Emily Foxhall

An 8-year-old boy who was found last week in a washing machine filled with water is on life support with "death imminent," officials said Monday.

The Castaic boy's condition was announced Sunday at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Per protocol, as a result of the impending death, the Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau has taken over the case from the Special Victims Bureau. Detectives went to the hospital Sunday afternoon to learn more about the circumstances.

So far, the case is not considered a homicide but a death investigation that appears to be "just a tragic incident," Lt. Eddie Hernandez said.

Detectives will re-interview the child's parents and the other children living in the house before presenting any case to the district attorney for consideration, Hernandez said.

The child had been hospitalized since Wednesday, when the boy's father discovered him in the top-loading machine, filled with water.

The father, who had been working in the yard of their home in the 30500 block of Pansy Court in Castaic while the boy's mother was at a store, pulled the child from the machine and dialed 911, department officials said.

emily.foxhall@latimes.com

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