CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The mother of a toddler who briefly got stuck inside an active washing machine at a laundromat says she and his father aren't the people seen in a surveillance video that's received millions of hits online.
Sakia David said Wednesday she didn't even know about the May 11 incident until she saw the video on the news. She said her year-old son was treated at a hospital for scrapes and bruises and wasn't seriously injured.
David said the woman in the video is the girlfriend of the boy's father and was baby-sitting him. David said she doesn't know who the man in the video is.
Authorities say the man put the boy in the washing machine as a prank, unaware it would automatically start. They have said they don't expect to file criminal charges but the matter remains under investigation. The case also was referred to the state's Division of Youth and Family Services.
The video shows the man putting the boy in the washing machine while the woman folds clothes nearby. The man then shuts the machine door, which locks, and the machine starts an automatic cycle with the boy inside.
The man and the woman frantically pull on the door for a few seconds as the boy continues to spin, then they run to get help. A laundromat employee then quickly unplugs the machine, and the boy is pulled to safety. A short time later, the man and the woman leave with the boy.
David said she believes it was an accident and she doesn't think anyone should be charged. But she said she'll "think twice" before allowing the woman to baby-sit her son again.