BEIJING – Police in eastern China were investigating the mysterious deaths of two young sisters found in a bloody washing machine over the weekend, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
Local police in Jiangxi province have ruled out murder in the case, the Global Times newspaper said, citing the official Xinhua News Agency. Police confirmed that the girls died of suffocation, the Global Times report said.
However, other domestic reports said police have not excluded the possibility of foul play.
The newspaper said that the girls — who died Saturday — were aged 4 and 2, while other reports said 3 and 2.
“The father found the girls curled up in the closed washing machine with a lot of blood when he saw the light on the washing machine was flickering,” the children’s grandfather was quoted by a Jiangxi-based online news portal as saying, according to the paper.
A witness quoted by the portal who was said to have helped take the children to hospital described the heartbreaking scene.
“The girls were swollen and had bruises all over the body,” the witness said. “There was a lot of blood in the washing machine.”
The children’s mother fainted when she heard about the deaths, the witness added.
In ruling out murder, police cited good relations within the family and no signs suggesting homicide, the Global Times said, citing Xinhua.