News24

Boy in near-tragic washing machine ordeal

2012-05-23 11:12

Camden - Authorities say a father's prank at a southern New Jersey laundry facility nearly turned tragic when his toddler son briefly got stuck inside an active washing machine.

Now they're hoping to identify and locate the family, so they can ensure that the child wasn't harmed.

The 11 May incident at the Camden business was captured on a surveillance video, which drew millions of hits after being posted on YouTube and other internet sites.

It shows the father putting the child in the machine - apparently as part of a "peek-a-boo" game. He then shut the door, which locked and started an automatic cycle with the child inside.

The parents frantically pulled on the door for a few seconds as the child continued to spin, then ran to get help. An employee then quickly unplugged the machine, and the child - who did not appear to be hurt - was pulled to safety.

After determining the child appeared fine, the parents ran out of the business. Authorities say the matter does not appear to be criminal, but the matter has been referred to the state's Division of Youth and Family Services.

The laundry's owner told Fox 29 TV in Philadelphia that the father's actions were "ridiculous", and she was thankful that her employee was able to get the child out of the machine before he was seriously injured.

She does not know the toddler's parents, but reported the incident to Camden police.

The employee told the TV station: "I was scared the kid would die, but when I pulled him out and saw he was alive, I was very happy."

Comments
  • Anthea - 2012-05-23 12:04

    The same type of idiots who let their young children stand on the front seat of a car with no seatbelt. Penis. Check. Uterus. Check. Nothing else needed to become parents, common sense not required.

      Alan - 2012-05-23 12:23

      well said!

      Janice - 2012-05-23 12:27

      Bloody idiots!!!

      elize.vankerckhoven - 2012-05-23 14:25

      And often the parent have their safety belts on!! My son is 5 and still gets strapped into his chair at the back of the car!!

  • tednhet - 2012-05-23 12:05

    A bit of a spin off of the cat in the machine :)

      Rob - 2012-05-23 12:30

      Lol..... spinoff.....

  • Andre - 2012-05-23 12:36

    I hope the father takes this to heart as a lesson of life. I think his wife will make sure he remembers it for the rest of his days. It's too late if you've killed your own child.

  • Warren - 2012-05-23 12:41

    Musta been listening to Dead or Alives...you spin me right round baby right round,seriously though,shocking story.

  • gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-05-23 13:10

    You can see it was a genuine mistake and as parents we've all made some mistake or another, but come on, closing your kid inside a washing machine...I really hope the mother beat this man silly and knocked some sense into him. Stupid STUPID mistake. Thank GOD your child is alive...poor thing.

  • Rodney - 2012-05-23 13:10

    Ive heard of washing a childs mouth out with soap but this is ridiculous

  • Bernice - 2012-05-23 14:07

    I have no words but DUMN ASS IDIOT AND A MORON.

  • Suprise - 2012-05-23 14:07

    thank god no harm came to the child, easy with the comments guys, it can happen to the best of us in other instances.

  • Nico - 2012-05-23 14:27

    This is such an old story, News24. Slow day I guess.

  • rainbownation - 2012-05-23 14:48

    The mind boggles!!

  • Stefan - 2012-05-23 18:05

    http://www.philly.com/philly/video/Man_puts_boy_in_washing_machine.html here is the video haha

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