Child rescued after falling into washing machine

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 20, 2003

A 2-year-old child escaped serious injury after he fell into a washing machine.

The incident occurred 4:29 p.m. Monday at a residence in the 700 block of Fourth Street NW, according to the Austin Police Department.

The toddler had apparently climbed atop the washing machine, which was running at the time with the top lid open.

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The child's mother telephoned Austin Police Department for assistance. However, police officers at the scene needed the help of the Austin Fire Department and the Gold Cross Ambulance Service before the child was extricated.

The rescuers kept the child's head above water as the machine agitated clothes. The machine was turned off, the top lid removed and the agitator device pushed aside to allow enough space for the child to be removed.

The little boy was then treated and released at Austin Medical Center hospital emergency room.

Woman is missing

Jennifer Norman, 21, has been reported missing.

According to an Austin Police Department report, the woman was last seen April 24.

The woman is described as a black female with short brown hair, according to Austin police.

Church burglarized

Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Austin was burglarized over the weekend.

According to an Austin Police Department report, entrance was gained by prying open a door in the courtyard.

An office was entered and ransacked.

An estimated $2,100 in damages to the church facility and losses of $250 was reported, according to the report.

Roommate is suspect

Justin Ashton, 29, returned to his home in the 700 block of 11th Street NE early Sunday to find his 25-year-old roommate hosting a party in which underage people were drinking alcohol.

Ashton attempted to break up the party, but his roommate, Oliver Graham, 25, allegedly grabbed him and threw him against the wall, causing severe injuries, according to police.

Some party-goers took Ashton to Austin Medical Center for treatment. Police were called to the AMC emergency room at 5:35 a.m. and took Ashton's statement.

Police then went to Ashton's residence and took Graham into custody and charged him with assault. Jacob Duren, 18 of Lyle, also was charged with allowing minors to drink alcoholic beverages, according to police.

Lee Bonorden can be reached at 434-2232 or by e-mail at