3 Children Die After Getting Trapped In Freezer In Florida Home

The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office said the kids -- ages 1, 4 and 6 -- climbed into an unplugged chest freezer and couldn't get out.

LIVE OAK, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say three young children playing outside climbed into an unplugged chest freezer and died when they couldn’t get out.

The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office says the children, ages 1, 4, and 6, couldn’t be revived when they were found Sunday at a home in Live Oak in north Florida.

Officials say the children lived at the house with two of the children’s grandmother and the other child’s mother. The women were roommates.

The sheriff’s office says in a Facebook post that one of the women went inside to use the restroom and couldn’t find the children upon returning.

The women searched the property and found the children in the freezer.

“When they opened the chest freezer, they discovered all three children inside of it, not breathing, and began resuscitative efforts and called 911,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post Monday.

The children were transported to a hospital, but all efforts to resuscitate the children were unsuccessful.

The sheriff’s office says foul play isn’t suspected. The case will be forwarded for review to prosecutors.