Parenting Fail: Father Puts Child In Washing Machine And Turns It On (Video)

I mean, I really don’t know what to say about this video—a laundromat surveillance tape I came across yesterday while putzing around on Yahoo Shine! In it, a toddler jumps and points happily at a spinning washing machine when, all out of the blue and for no apparent reason, the child’s father picks up the baby, tosses the child in an empty washing machine and closes the door. Which locks. And starts running. With the baby in it.

The pranks seems like it’s all kicks and giggles to the mom and dad until the two realize the baby is being tossed about the machine as it fills with water—which, of course, leads to lots of panicking, lots of tugging at the machine door, lots of screaming and yelling and an audience as the parents try to free the baby. After what seems like an eternity—it might as well have been considering a baby was being violently tossed about inside a metal tub full of water—a laundromat worker rushes over and disconnects the machine. The parents are seen rushing away with the baby, but there’s no indication as to whether the baby was hurt or came through the harrowing ordeal reasonably unscathed. Or whether the parents will face any consequences for shoving their kid in a washing machine.

You know what? On second thought, I do have a couple of choice words for a father who would put his toddler in a washing machine: dumb ass. (Warning: the video is extremely disturbing.)


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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


  1. Some people need to be voted OFF the earth. NO EXCUSE for even thinking about putting a child in a commercial washer/dryer

  2. There seriously is no excuse for this. What an idiot. Let’s just hope this little kid is too young to remember how crazy his parents are. There is NO EXCUSE for this no mater if its a commercial or home washer/dryer.

  3. They have made me very warm…that is simply ridiculous!!

  4. When I watched this disturbing video I was incensed that the parents could even do such a thing! But then I realized that (as Nick Chilles so appropriately stated in the article about the little white boy in black face), “When it comes to parenting, it seems that most everything we do comes down to judgment and degrees.” To say these parents exercised poor judgement is an understatement. In the end, based on their reaction and the panic and sheer horror that set in once the “joke” went horribly wrong, I’d say they learned a major lesson. Hopefully the baby wasn’t seriously injured (physically or mentally) and the parents will exercise much better judgement in the future if they don’t lose their child and/or their freedom. But on another note… what commercial washer starts when you shut the door? Most public washers I’ve used (in the NY/NJ/PA area) would not even attempt a “start” or “spin” without me physcially pushing in some quarters or swiping a money card! For clarity let me say that I am not attempting to figure this last bit out to justify the parents actions at all, but I’m just sayin’! WTH?

  5. I can’t believe this. So sad. I hope the child lived….Wow.

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