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(VIDEO) Camden toddler locked in washing machine was no laughing matter

BY BOB HOLTwashingmachine52312_opt
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Sometimes playing games is not all that funny. A video from a laundromat in Camden shows a man putting a 1-year-old child inside a washing machine.

The idea apparently was to play peek-a-boo with the boy, Saimeir Bush, but the “game” could have had serious consequences.

Multiple reports initially said that a May 11 surveillance video from Federal Laundromat in Camden showed a father putting his son in the washing machine as the child’s mother watches. Those reports were erroneous, however, as it was later revealed that the woman is the boy's babysitter and also his father's girlfriend. The man is a male friend of the babysitter and not the boy's father.

The toddler's mother, Sakia David, claims that the babysitter denied the incident at first.

"She said it wasn't her," said David, according to Today.com. "But when the cops came this morning to my house and told me to come outside I knew it was my baby.”

The Associated Press reports that the mother wants the babysitter to face charges over the incident.

The washer door locked after the man closed it, and the child went tumbling around in the automatic wash cycle for over a minute as it filled with water while his mother screamed for help.

The washing machine video has gone viral on YouTube and across the Internet.

According to myfoxphilly.com, a laundromat employee rescued the boy when he opened a panel at the back of the machines and cut off the power on the circuit board in order to open the locked washer. The child did not appear to be hurt.

The owners of the laundromat said the pair had been trying to entertain their child earlier by putting him in a dryer, which made the boy laugh.

Following the washing machine scare, the boy was taken to the hospital and later released.

No criminal charges have been filed at this point, but the case has gone to New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services.

 
Comments (6)
6 Thursday, 24 May 2012 16:38
SUSY
OMG, if your child or not, a grown person should know better than to play those kind of games, sorry to say but the mother had seemed to be understanding but now she is going to all these shows and changing her mind? what's going on with that? I hope she is not getting not one cent out of her childs story i'm just saying, But should they get charged yes, for being negligent.
5 Thursday, 24 May 2012 09:34
Charges should be pressed...
One i can understand trying to entertain a 1 year old i have a 18 month old myself... Not only is that not your washer and you dont know things about it but to shut the door thats crazy.. I believe charges should be pressed.. Neither of them being his parents and just because he is not showing any sign of being hurt now it could impact him later in life with learning and other things just how "Shaking baby symdrom" A baby that small brain can not handle something like that... and i dont know why it seems people are trying to do stupid crazy stuff to make money and to harm kids... This makes my stomach turn.... If you let one person get away with this how many more do you think will wanna get away with something like this..?? if you were that lil boys mom what would you do about it...?
4 Thursday, 24 May 2012 08:47
nicky
wtf is wrong with the guy that did that like who is stupid enough to put as cild in a washing machine i think that his mother should sue the guy and the babysitter for endagering the wellfare of that child
3 Thursday, 24 May 2012 08:47
nicky
wtf is wrong with the guy that did that like who is stupid enough to put as cild in a washing machine i think that his mother should sue the guy and the babysitter for endagering the wellfare of that child
2 Thursday, 24 May 2012 08:47
nicky
wtf is wrong with the guy that did that like who is stupid enough to put as cild in a washing machine i think that his mother should sue the guy and the babysitter for endagering the wellfare of that child
1 Thursday, 24 May 2012 08:47
nicky
wtf is wrong with the guy that did that like who is stupid enough to put as cild in a washing machine i think that his mother should sue the guy and the babysitter for endagering the wellfare of that child

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