Sheriff: 3 children found in freezer died of asphyxiation

Autopsies found that three young children died of accidental asphyxiation when they became trapped in an unplugged freezer in their yard in north Florida

ByThe Associated Press
January 18, 2019, 7:27 AM

LIVE OAK, Fla. -- Autopsies showed three young children died of accidental asphyxiation when they became trapped in an unplugged chest-style freezer in their yard in north Florida.

Suwannee County Sheriff Sam St. John said there were no signs of trauma on the children, ages 1, 4 and 6. Their bodies were found Sunday at a home outside of Live Oak after they went missing while playing outside.

The Gainesville Sun reports two families lived at the home — a woman and her 4-year-old daughter, and the grandmother of the other two children.

St. John said the mother went inside while the children were playing on a trampoline. When she returned, they were gone. The children weren't breathing when they were found inside the freezer, which had a latch keeping them from opening it.

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