Ten-Day-Old Baby Dies After Going Through Entire Spin Cycle in Washing Machine

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baby-washing-machineA ten-day-old baby girl died after being placed in a washing machine as it went through an entire spin cycle. The newborn’s mother Lyndsey Fiddler put her daughter into the washing machine along with a pile of laundry. The tiny baby was inside the top loading washing machine for up to 40 minutes before being discovered.

A relative who called in to see Fiddler found her passed out and the baby, called Maggie May, missing.

She also heard a strange sound from the washing machine and when she opened the door found the crumpled body of Maggie mixed in with the clothes.

In a frantic call to emergency dispatchers 26-year-old Fiddler is heard saying :’My baby is dead.’

She can then be heard arguing with her aunt Rhonda Coshatt who is heard on the call saying: ‘No I did not kill your baby, you did.’

The gruesome death in Bartlesville, Oklahoma left many of the emergency crews and police who responded to the incident in tears.

A veteran police chief, who has witnessed multiple murders and gangland shootings, said it was the most tragic crime scene he has ever investigated.

Police have charged Fiddler with second degree manslaughter after initially arresting her on drug charges.

They had been called to her flat on Thursday where they found the dead baby still inside the washing machine.

The gruesome death in Bartlesville, Oklahoma left many of the emergency crews and police who responded to the incident in tears.

An investigation revealed it had gone through a full-spin cycle before she was discovered.

Family members had been concerned about Fiddler because of her past drug use.

Earlier this year they had tried to get her parental rights revoked before the birth of her third child.

She is suspected of being hooked on crystal meth and taking the drug the night her daughter died.

Holland said Coshatt walked into a grim scene.

‘The mother was asleep and she had trouble waking her and heard the washer out of balance, clanging, so went to lift the lid so it would stop and in the washing machine, saw the baby,’ Holland said.

Fiddler’s two other boys, aged four and three, were taken into care by social workers.

Paramedics had desperately tried to revive the newborn baby after she was pulled out of the washing machine, but she was already dead on arrival at hospital.

Paramedic John Houser,who worked on the baby, said: ‘Terrible. I don’t even know how to describe it.’

Fiddler has a long criminal history with arrests for assault, driving without a licence and not having her two older children in car seats.

Police chief Holland said the investigation in continuing with many of his men deeply affected by what they saw.

He said a veteran detective taking crime scene photos of the dead baby at the hospital had to step outside because he was overcome with emotion.

‘I can assure you we’re not going to leave any stone unturned,’ Holland said.

{Daily Mail/Matzav.com}


  1. I agree with comments 1 and 2. That being said, can you imagine having to grow up with such a mother? May Hashem watch out for her two boys. May she … finish dying.

  2. I am sorry to say this storry is disgusting.
    Why is this even posted here?
    This is not the kind of story you want to see right on the opening headline. Really please remove this story so others dont get disgusted.

  3. THIS IS AN important story because nebach there are people even in our world who may lose sight of a child. It is important to be acreful that ma baby should end up in a pile of laundry.
    I know someone whose baby was on the floor and got covered by laundry and she couldnt find the baby for an hour. And no it mis not a joke. IT IS REAL. This is a warning to people. It is good for people to get scraed so that they will be extra careful.

  4. how many people have to see this before you remove it?
    what are you waiting for? please remove this it’s not relevant to anyone and it d=seems that many readers agree.

  5. Matzav:

    Your pattern is becoming quiet predictable. Post anything that will boost your “clicks”/ratings.

    Whether it be stories regarding son-in-laws disliking their mother-in-laws, or detailing the graphic picture of how an infant was torn apart in a washing machine….

    Hey – whatever works……

    Shame on you – again.

  6. Heart breaking it is just a notice to remind all our parents to take care of our children. Regardless weather it is the washmachine
    or the car. It is just a miracle that it wasn’t a yiddish infant. child what ever what would your reaction be at that time?

  7. I cannot understand why so many people here are screaming that this story should not be presented on this web site.

    On the contrary, it is a major news story that needs to be posted. We in our Torah communities can learn quite a lot from it.

    1.) We see the wickedness of the outside world where, more and more, human life has little value.

    2.) We see the horrid destruction that drug use has on people.

    3.) As Comment #9, titled “it is a warning,” correctly points out, this horrific tragedy reminds us and warns us how extremely, extremely careful we must always be with our children, especially when using silverware, tools, machines, and appliances.

  8. As a regular reader of the ‘Online Voice of Torah Jewry’ I’m scratching my head trying to figure out what this article has to do with the Torah. I believe that at time of my writing this, there are already 13 out of 16 comments requesting that you remove this story. Please listen to your readership.

  9. SHOCKING…that a website that is considered high among the other jewish news webs, would even consider posting such a story…
    Less is more….

  10. I disagree with everyone! I agree with Yisroel Feldman! This is an impoortant story to post for all the reasons he mentioned! Do not take it down!!


    True,there ARE lessons that can be learned from this story, but that does NOT that we need this story to teach it.

    1)you can learn a lesson out of almost anything. Yet, There are many other news pieces out there that any decent human being let alone any Frum yid would be better off not being exposed to. I will NOT give examples.

    2)There are other ways to get these lessons.
    And a story about some lady from in middle of nowhere on crystal meth has nothing to do with us

  12. Dear matzav (and Yisroel feldman),

    Please refrain from posting such useless drivel in the future. This is one of the few websites which I have received a heter from my Rav to allow my kids to view. (yes, we have a filter). I shouldn’t have to explain to my teenage daughter who is crying and absolutely horrified that there are mushchasim like this in the world . Rather , keep us informed on the wellbeing of two of the pre-eminnent Gedolei Hador and we should be mispallell for their refua bekarov.

  13. The majority of commenters above feel that this article should not have been posted. Perhaps if, R”L, this had happened in one of our communities there might have been an excuse but, since it was in no way connected to unserer, it appears to be place only for its prurient interest.

  14. The only reason for such a horrific story is to highlight substance abuse whether it is drugs (legal or illegal), alcohol, gambling or any other addiction.

  15. If this would have chas vesholom be in our
    community and matzav had posted it all of you
    would be screaming LOSHON HORA.
    Sometimes no one can win. Shaming name calling
    and accusing doesn’t have place anywhere. Requesting in a nice way or as all of you say
    take off the book mark is a personal decision.
    There for lets watch our own language

  16. The exceedingly sharp tone of the many comments demanding the removal of this story and especially one remark that says: “a story about some lady from in middle of nowhere on crystal meth has nothing to do with us” all convey a callous wicked attitude of “we don’t give a hoot about the outside world!”
    Of course, our priority is that we have to first concentrate on taking proper care of ourselves. But to say that, that means that we do not care at all about what is outside of us is diametrically the opposite of what our Torah instructs us.

    The callous remark refers to the location of the event as “in middle of nowhere.” Please, let me know if I am wrong in my guess, but, Mr. Shlomo, this sounds like you live in New York. I myself lived there for several years and thus well realize that, that outlook is totally, totally understandable.

    The entire NYC metropolitan area, with over 22 million people, is one of the very largest metropolitan areas of the world. The actual city itself, with well over 8.3 million people, is one of the very largest cities in the world. The land area of the city is also quite huge, of over 304 square miles. NYC is so big that it is really five little cities, called “boroughs,” put together. Especially with its famous “Wall Street Stock Exchange” and “United Nations World Headquarters,” it is one of the key centers of global commerce and politics. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City.) As frum Jews, we further keenly know that, especially in the Borough of Brooklyn, are located some of the largest
    Jewish religious communities in the world.

    It is thus completely understandable that NYC has the famous nickname of the “Big Apple,” that its residents think that the city line at the edge of Manhattan
    Island is where the world itself ends, and that its residents refer to someone from somewhere else, even if he is from a major city like Chicago or Los Angeles: “He is from ‘out of town’!”

    If his place of origion is a small city whose name is not known elsewhere, NYC people will say even more degradingly: “He is from ‘the hicks’!” or “He is from ‘the sticks’!”

    So Bartlesville, Oklahoma — even the state’s name is not recognizable to many people — will certainly get this so very honored designation!

    At the exact same time though, while Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is located a good one and a half thousand miles south west of the “Big Apple” — yes, it is way, way, way “out there” — and, with a limited population of just above 34,000 people, it cannot even be called a “Little Apple,” BARTLESVILLE, OKLAHOMA, IS NOT, I REPEAT, BARTLESVILLE, OKLAHOMA, IS NOT, “IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE”!!!!

    I mean we are Bnei Torah who do believe what the first line of the Torah says: “B’rayshis Bara Elokim Eis HaShamaiyim V’eis Ha’Aretz” that G-D created the heaven and the earth. So Bartlesville, Oklahoma, IS one of the places of His earth that He created!

    And while Bartlesville may not have a “Wall Street Stock Exchange” building, it does have a little building that just so happens to be the world headquarters of the major corporation, “Phillips Petroleum” – now called “ConocoPhillips” (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartlesville,_Oklahoma). Mr. Shlomo, did you or any of your relatives or any of your friends ever buy gas at a Conoco or Phillips station?

    Furthermore, that you refer to the mother in this story as “some lady . . . on meth.” Obviously, she is NOT any kind of a “Tzadekes” – any kind of a “righteous woman” – at all! From the tiny bit that we are told here about her, we can guess that at the very best, she may have the status of a “Shota” – an “insane woman” – and thus she is not responsible for the terrible things she does. Maybe though her mind does work somewhat, giving her responsibility for her actions, and thus she would be a callous severely un careful person.

    Whatever is her exact status, she IS a human being, a Tzelem Elokim! So on the contrary, that she — a human being, a Tzelem Elokim — has so horrifically deteriorated, is extremely, extremely terrible! Thus, as I and a number of other comments posted here pointed out, there is quite a lot of important items that we can and must learn from this severely tragic incident.


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