CAMDEN, N.J. — 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 May 11 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.