Monday, 15. September 2014
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Two little girls aged four and six died after shutting themselves in a fridge during a game of hide and seek and suffocating when they failed to open it again.
Cousins Anya Loushkina, 4, and Vika Loushkina, 6, had been unable to open the fridge again after climbing inside to hide in the house in the village of Old Shcherbinin, in western Russia's Novgorod Oblast region.
Police spokeswoman Monica Ershova said: "The pair wanted to play a joke on their grandmother, Alla Loushkina, and hide from her and decided to do that in an old refrigerator. The girls shut the door, but were not able to open it again from the inside.
"Tragically, the grandmother who was busy with household chores, thought the girls were playing quietly next door and did not want to disturb them, and it was several hours before she noticed they were missing. When she found them in the fridge there were already dead."
The parents of the girls had been working at the time and had left them with their grandmother to look after.
Anya’s mother Katerina Loushkina, 27, had a nervous breakdown when she was told her only daughter was dead, while her sister Elena Loushkina, 32, who has three other children, all sons, had only recently become a single mother.
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