- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Before 4 p.m. Friday, a 3-year-old girl in Waldorf died when a garage door closed on her.
According to Charles County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Diane Richardson, the child was at home with her mother.
The child slipped away unnoticed to the garage, then proceeded to push the garage door button from inside the garage, which was within her reach.
“She apparently pressed the button, and we think she ran under the door to go play outside,” Richardson said.
It is unclear at this time if the child played with the button previous to what Richardson called the “freak accident.”
The garage door caught the child's back and pinned her to the floor. She was lying on her stomach when her mother came out to the garage after hearing the garage door.
The child and mother shared the home with other family members, and when the mother heard the garage door move, she thought nothing of it because it was a time of day when another family member was normally coming home. When no one came inside the house within a few minutes, the mother went out to the garage to investigate.
At this time, it is unclear if the child was alive before being transported to Civista Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Richardson added that police tested the garage door yesterday and detected no malfunction but are still investigating the possibility of a malfunction. The garage door sensors, which should have detected the child's movement and prohibited the door from coming down, are only six inches from the floor.
“An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death,” Richardson said.