Twins, 3, drown in washing machine after mother 'left them for six minutes'
The three-year-olds died due to drowning, doctors have said (Picture: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A pair of three-year-old twins have died after falling into a washing machine while their mother was out of the house. 

The boys, who were found with their heads down in the tumbler, are believe to have drowned in what preliminary investigations suggest was an accident, the Times of India reports.

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The children, who have been named as Laksh and Neeshu, were discovered at their home in New Delhi, by their mother who left for no more than six minutes while she went to buy washing powder from a nearby grocery store.

She claimed to have filled the washing machine with water and piled up clothes next to it before she left.

According to reports, when she discovered her children missing, Rakhi alerted her husband,  Ravinder, who came home to help her search for the children, discovering them lying head down in the water.

Jaipur Golden Hospital
They were found with their heads in the washing machine according to reports

The children were taken to Jaipur Holden Hospital in Rohini where they were declared dead due to drowning.

A police officer said: ‘It is possible that the children tried to peep in out of inquisitiveness but we are probing how they managed to climb to a height from which they could fall into the tumbler.’