FIVE months after a young boy was injured inside a running washing machine, police are saying his mom is to blame.
Heather Oliver, 30, was arrested a few days before Christmas after police said she gave conflicting statements and the boy told them “Mom is not nice,” The Indianapolis Star reported.
Oliver, who reportedly said she didn’t know how to work the washing machine, told police she was getting a glass of milk in the kitchen Aug. 16.
Around 9 a.m. local time, she allegedly heard the machine whirring as it filled with water.
After realizing her son was locked inside, Oliver said she pulled the boy out.
Oliver then called the child’s father – who reportedly left work immediately and rushed his son to the hospital.
The Elwood Police Department were called to the emergency room and soon carried out a search of the family’s home.
Police did not report any signs of a struggle but also found no milk in the house.
Cops also checked on the boy’s bed to see if Oliver could have reasonably believed she saw her son sleeping as she walked to the kitchen that morning.
But officers said nothing was found on the child’s bed that would make it seem as if her son was laying there.
Days later, the boy reportedly told police in a forensic interview: “Mom is not nice.”
The boy’s father, Oliver’s boyfriend, said he didn’t call police when he arrived home because he thought it would be quicker to take his son to the hospital himself.
The boy’s injuries were “highly suspicious for non-accidental trauma,” according to doctors at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was flown for further evaluation, cops said.
Oliver is charged with neglect “for knowingly and intentionally placing a dependent in a situation that endangers her son’s life and health which resulted in bodily injury,” WTHR reported.