A family game of 'hide and seek' went horribly wrong when the young boy got wedged between the appliances.
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A young boy died after getting stuck between a dryer and washing machine while playing hide and seek, reported PEOPLE. The young lad had been playing with his cousins and family members when tragedy struck. The incident happened at a home on Murphy Road, Coolidge, Georgia. Thomas County Sheriff’s Office Captain Tim Watkins said it is believed the little boy, who is originally from Jewett in Texas, was trying to hide behind the appliances when he got stuck between them. After looking for him for about five to ten minutes, the family discovered him stuck between the appliances. He was found unresponsive and they immediately began performing CPR, as reported by WCTV.
Emergency services were called after the child's unresponsiveness and continued to perform CPR, the Sheriff's Office added. The little boy became responsive, albeit briefly before he lost consciousness again. "The child was transported to Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia, where resuscitation attempts continued," said Captain Watkins in his statement to PEOPLE.
"After approximately one hour of resuscitation attempts, the child was pronounced dead at approximately 7:28 PM." According to Watkins, the lad may have died from positional asphyxiation. There was no trauma to the little boy's body. The Sheriff's Office confirmed no charges have been brought against the family. An official autopsy was set to be performed on June 15. "The Thomas County Sheriff's Office would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of Wrangler," says Captain Watkins. Wrangler, the son of Rhonda White and William Andrew Hendrix, was a second-grade student. He was described as a "sweetheart" by those who knew him.
Local residents expressed their shock at the tragic news with many taking to social media to share their condolences. "How tragic! Praying that the family is able to find some kind of peace during these most unfortunate circumstances," wrote Kristine Miller on Facebook. "Breaks my heart, he probably had anxiety which made his breathing harder," commented Rhonda Stalvey. "Poor family, this had to be devastating since he was only here visiting his grandparents," noted another. "Sincere Condolences to the family here and in Texas," Harriett E. Ingram commented, reported The Sun. "My heart breaks for all of you. Praying for peace and comfort for you during these dark days. Wrangler was a sweetheart. So thankful for the time I got to be his bus driver," one person wrote in an online tribute. "He was so well-mannered and took care of his sister. They were so excited about their trip and the beach. We joked about wearing lots of sunscreen as they got off the bus. Rest in heavenly peace, Wrangler."
Funeral services for Wrangler will be held on Tuesday, June 21, at 2 p.m. at Sardis Baptist Church in Jewett.