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Fundraisers set for family of boy who died in washing machine incident

Posted: August 8, 2013 6:09 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2013 6:09 p.m.

Cole Hartman, the 8-year-old boy who died after being found face-down and submerged in a water-filled washing machine, was remembered Thursday as a “beautiful, sweet boy” by friends now organizing fundraisers for his grieving family.

“He was such a sweet boy and this is such a tragic thing,” said Alexis Blumenfeld, who is working with the boy’s mother, Liz Hartman, organizing a number of local fundraisers for the family.

Cole Hartman, an autistic boy enrolled in special-needs classes at Mountain View Elementary School, died at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Aug. 4.

His father found him July 31 in the family’s top-loading washing machine at their home on Pansy Court in Castaic. The father had been outside tending the garden.

“It was a huge shock,” said Blumenfeld, who has been in touch with the boy’s mother since the incident.

The substitute teacher has scheduled fundraisers at local Jersey Mike’s Subs shops in the Santa Clarita Valley.

On Tuesday, fundraisers for the Hartman family will take place all day at locations on Copper Hill Drive and in Stevenson Ranch on The Old Road.

Blumenfeld is using her Facebook page to keep the community posted on the fundraisers. Residents are urged to visit the page before they head to Jersey Mike’s to print out a flier for the fundraiser.

A similar fundraiser is scheduled Aug. 16 at Wana Iguana in the Ralphs grocery store parking lot at McBean Parkway and Decoro Drive.

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, meanwhile, are interviewing friends and family about the incident.

Detectives assigned to the case as a matter of protocol are working in conjunction with their counterparts at the Special Victim’s Bureau who, according to Sgt. Brian Hudson, have called the incident a “tragic home accident.”
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