25/05/2012 13:00 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Shocking Video: Toddler Put Into Tumble Dryer By Parents As A 'Joke'

Whatever were they thinking? A couple's 'joke' could have left their child seriously injured or even dead as it went horribly wrong in a US launderette.

Obviously thinking it would be something of a hoot, the mindless mum and dad put their toddler into a TUMBLE DRYER.

The dryer suddenly whirled into action, and the tot's frantic parents desperately tried - and failed - to open the door.

A staff member from the launderette eventually got the dryer door open and freed the youngster, who had been in the machine for over a MINUTE by that stage. Luckily, the child reportedly suffered only minor injuries.

Leaves you speechless, doesn't it?

UPDATE, UPDATE: Turns out the baby was actually with a babysitter and her boyfriend - and now the furious mum wants to prosecute. Read more here

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