A Colorado woman awoke to a nightmare last week.

After purchasing a new, front-loading washing machine, Lindsey McIver was woken by her 4-year-old son crying so hard he could barely speak.

In her heartfelt Facebook post, McIver said "As I was trying to understand what he was saying, my husband flew out of bed and down the stairs. It was then that the realization hit. He had said: Kloe. Inside. Washer. "

That's where McIver found her three-year-old daughter, Kloe: inside the water-tight (and air-tight) washer, which was filling with water, and going through it's tumbling cycle.

McIver said her daughter was screaming, but couldn't be heard.

The parents quickly stopped the washer and retrieved their daughter, who had a few bumps on her head and some wet clothes.

The McIvers hadn't even had a chance to use the machine, since they bought it the night before and installed it with their children watching.

"We told them several times that they were not to touch it. They all replied 'OK,' " said McIver.

With a new safety lock installed, the McIvers urged parents to think about child safety.

 
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"I want to encourage anybody who has this type of front-loading washing machine and small children, or even grandkids who visit, to lock the door with a child safety lock and always keep the child lock setting on!"

McIver said the "inevitable online mom-shaming" made her think about posting about the family's scary ordeal. But the thought of helping another family avoid a potential disaster spurred her to make the post, hoping to help other parents.

"Shaming the mom doesn’t do anyone any good. We need to be open and honest about our mistakes to help one another keep our kids safe. And trust me, that mom is already beating herself up enough."