NEW DELHI, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Two three-year-old twins left alone for minutes at their home in the Indian capital city of New Delhi drowned in a washing machine, police said Sunday.
The accident took place at Rohini locality of New Delhi on Saturday.
"This afternoon we came to know that two children drowned inside their home in a washing machine at Avantika Apartment in sector-1 of Rohini," a police official said.
"The children were left alone at home by their mother who stepped out briefly to purchase washing power from a nearby shop."
Mother of the duo told police that she went to buy washing powder at the nearby store leaving behind her children playing at the flat unattended.
"After returning from market when the mother couldn't find their children, she raised alarm and called her husband, who returned immediately from office and found them inside the washing machine," said a police official quoting witnesses.
"The children were rushed to a local hospital where doctors declared them brought dead."
Police officials told media they were investigating how the children fell inside the washing machine's chamber filled with water.