A parent's worst nightmare happened at the laundromat this week, when a father was playing with his son when he placed him inside one of the washing machines. The door to the machine closed and locked and the automatic cycle began with the boy trapped inside. The parents freaked out and started banging on the door and trying to get the door open. When they realized he was spinning away they got an attendant who unplugged the machine and opened the door according to the Huffington Post.
According to Real Talk NY, the child escaped with only minor bruising (watch video below).
As awful as it is, this is not such an isolated incident. Children get stuck in washing machines all the time.
Sometimes the results are not as positive. Recently, a 1 year old boy was trapped inside a top loading washer at his house and he drowned.
Tiffany Hebb was just a few feet away from her son Ollie when he was stuck in the machine. When Hebb realized that Ollie may be in the machine she stopped the cycle, opened the door and found Ollie stuck and underwater. Neighbors performed CPR on the boy and were able to get a heartbeat after 45 minutes, but the lack of oxygen to his brain caused irreparable damage.
Ollie was hospitalized for a few weeks until his parents decided to take him off life support.
Hebb told the Deseret News.
"I knew never to leave him alone in the tub. … I never thought about the washing machine (being dangerous),"