Three year old Lewis Wrench from Crewe sadly lost his arm when a faulty washing machine allowed him to open the machine whislt it was spinning.
Lewis's mother, Rachel Wrench, from Crewe, was in the living room when she heard screaming and found his left arm in the machine on 11 September.
Police investigated but have passed the matter to Trading Standards officers who are examining the rented machine. The washing machine has been taken away for examination by local Trading Standards investigators.
The boy, who may have to undergo further surgery and will receive a prosthetic arm, was reportedly trying to help his mother by filling the machine with clothes.
Lewis's arm was torn off just below the shoulder and he was taken to hospital, but doctors were unable to re-attach his limb.
Ms Wrench said: “When I asked him about what had happened he said ‘I opened the door and went round and round and round and I banged my head and then my arm fell off’.
“When I rushed in, the machine was still going. I switched it off and scooped him up and ran screaming to my neighbours. There was blood everywhere. It was horrible seeing him like that. My daughter Kadie (five) came in and saw the state he was in... she’s been very traumatised. I can’t believe he was able to open the door so easily. It was terrifying. I’m devastated.”
Since the accident police, friends and family have raised money to treat Lewis to a trip to Disneyland.
A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said: "Inquiries took place to determine the sequence of events which resulted in the child receiving the injuries.The investigation was then passed over to Trading Standards. Staff were so moved by the horrific incident they felt the need to raise money for the family. Different departments have donated prizes which will be raffled off at a later date."
The washing machine is reported to be a Creda 800 although no more details are known at this time about the washing machine itself.
There has of course been speculation by the engineers in our trade forums that, somehow, the door interlock that acts as a safety device that will not allow the washing machine to operate if the door isn't closed and locks the door when the machine is running, has been by-passed. On some washing machine models this can be done but it would usually take deliberate effort to do so.
This tragedy however does highlight that bodged repairs or attempts to circumvent safety devices in appliances are designed to protect people. It's just a shame that something like this has to happen to highlight that fact.