US man places kid in washing machine

May 25, 2012, 07:51 IST | Agencies

Authorities say a man's prank at a city laundromat nearly turned tragic when his son briefly got stuck inside an active washing machine.

The incident at Federal Laundromat was captured on a surveillance video. It shows the father putting the child in the machine — apparently as part of a 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 was pulled to safety.

Rinse and dry: The video footage shows the man placing the child inside the washing machine before it suddenly snaps and starts, much to his horror. Pic/AFP

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