A YouTube video posted late last week that shows a man accidentally locking his child in a running washing machine at a laundromat in Camden has drawn millions of views — and the attention of authorities, multiple media outlets reported today.
The child became trapped in the machine while playing a game of peek-a-boo with his father, who shut the washer’s door. He allegedly didn’t realize that someone had already put money in the machine. It automatically turned on and began its spin cycle, tossing the boy in circles.
The video, dated May 11, shows the child’s parents frantically trying to free him for about a minute until a laundromat employee runs over, moves some tables out of the way and powers the machine off through its back panel. The boy emerges and appears to be unharmed.
Prosecutors reportedly want to find the parents to make sure the kid is OK, not to press criminal charges.