Girl, 3, dies after being found in family washing machine in tragic discovery

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    A three-year-old girl has died after being found in a washing machine at her family's home

    A police investigation in the shocking find has now been launched in Paris.

    She was found inside the machine at her family's apartment in Paris last night (January 12), but died shortly after.

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    A special unit for the protection of minors is leading the probe.

    The prosecutor's office did not provide further details, or confirm a report in the daily Le Parisien newspaper that the girl was found alive in the washing machine by her father during dinner, alongside another family member, and died in emergency care an hour later.

    The family had been searching the apartment for her, after she did not appear for dinner.

    She was found at 10.30pm, and died around one hour later.

    The official cause of death has not yet been identified.

    It has been reported by local news outlets that the washing machine hadn't been turned on, but the doors were shut – and they had shut automatically.

    A source told Le Parisien: "The cause of his death is not yet known.

    "According to the very first elements, it could be linked to suffocation

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    "We must remain very careful, loose a source close to the investigation.

    "We don't know at all what happened.

    "Apparently, she didn't bear any traces of beatings – the autopsy will reveal much more."

    The Paris-based newspaper also claims the victim has four siblings – the whereabouts of those siblings during the family dinner is so far unknown.

    No official police statement has been released.

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