CAMDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey man’s game with his little boy nearly turned tragic at a Camden Laundromat.
Surveillance video shows the father putting his 1-year-old son in a washing machine while reportedly playing a game of “Peek-A-Boo.”
Somehow, the door locked and the machine started running and filling with water.
Witnesses were shocked that a father would do such a thing.
“Who does that? Who puts a child in a washing machine, like not even for a joke,” witness Tiffany Stallmacher said.
The child was tossed around for about a minute until quick-thinking Laundromat worker, Kong Enh, cut the power, allowing the door to the machine to open.
Enh started moving tables to get to a circuit breaker, quickly flipping all the switches until the machine finally stopped, CBS 2 reported.
“They very scared. Somebody start the machine already — they didn’t know that,” Enh said. “I wait for machine to unlock and I pull baby out.”
Enh said the father had been playing with his son in the dryer earlier, and that he was very apologetic but grateful he saved his baby’s life. “I feel good because I saw the baby still alive when he called me. I [was] very scared. When I saw [the] baby alive, I [was] very happy,” Enh said.
“I’m very proud of my worker,” said Laurie Chou, owner of Federal Laundromat. “He’s been with me eight years. I couldn’t find anyone better.”
The boy apparently suffered minor injuries.
The matter does not appear to be criminal, according to authorities, but the case has been referred to the state’s Division of Youth and Family Services.
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