Despite the undisputed idiocy of the move, which was captured on a video gone viral, there are no plans to arrest the parents. “Right now we just want to make sure the child is OK,” Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor’s office, told the Associated Press. “We don’t believe there was any criminal intent. It was more of an accident.”
“From speaking with the owners of the Laundromat, they said the child’s father came back and told them the child was fine and they took him to the hospital,” said Laughlin. “We just want to confirm that.”
The incident occurred May 11 at the Federal Laundromat and was captured by a surveillance camera, which shows the drama erupting in the midst of the mundane chore of doing the family laundry. After a curious toddler peers curiously through the glass door of one spinning washing machine, his father playfully picks him up and places him into the empty machine next to it, then closes the door. The mother, standing nearby, does not appear concerned.