Ten-Day-Old Baby Dies After Drug Addict Mum Puts Her In Washing Machine

08/11/2010 17:11 | Updated 22 May 2015

A 10-day-old baby was killed when was put into a washing machine by her drug-addicted mother.

The horror was discovered by the baby's aunt Rhonda Coshatt who opened the top-loader washing machine after visiting her drug-addict sister, Lyndsey Fiddler, 26, at her home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

After hearing the washing-machine 'clanging' at the end of its 40-minute cycle, she lifted the lid and found ten-day-old Maggie May dead inside, tangled up with the washing.

Fiddler - the mother of two other children - was arrested and charged with manslaughter. Detectives are now trying to establish if she killed her baby purposefully.

Police Chief Tom Holland told reporters how Fiddler - who is suspected of using crystal meth - was asleep when her sister arrived at her house:

'She [Rhonda Coshatt ] had trouble waking her. She heard the washer out of balance, clanging, and went to lift the lid so it would stop. She saw the baby.'

The little girl's distraught father, Fiddler's boyfriend Benjamin Trammel, said: 'Inside my heart, I can't believe Lyndsey would have hurt our little girl.'

Emergency service operators heard Fiddler try to blame her sister for Maggie May's death as she phoned for an ambulance. Rhonda Coshatt was heard to reply: 'No I did not kill your baby, you did.'

Fiddler's other children, two boys aged four and three, were taken into care.

Horrified to discover she was a drug addict, Fiddler's family has apparently applied to have her maternal rights revoked before Maggie May was born.

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