A woman in Elwood has been arrested and charged following an incident in which she said her 5-year old son was trapped inside a washing machine before he was found to be bruised and losing consciousness.

The Madison County prosecutor charged Heather Oliver, 30, with neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury, a level 5 felony, in connection with the Aug. 16 incident, according to court documents.

Police were initially dispatched to St. Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood, where they met the child’s father. Nurses told police that the child was in and out of consciousness, and had multiple bruises on the upper body and scratches on his arms. They said the boy was “somewhat dry with wet underwear,” the probable cause affidavit reads.

The boy was later transported to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation.

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