Video: Utah toddler pushes dresser off of twin brother
An Orem family is warning parents to secure dressers after one toppled on one of their toddlers recently.
Ricky Shoff posted video to Youtube last week showing one of his sons, Bowdy, pushing the dresser off of his twin brother Brock.
"We know Bowdy was not alone in moving the dresser off of Brock," Shoff wrote on his Facebook page. "And feel blessed that he is ok. Please make sure all your dressers are bolted and secured to the wall."
Father denies video of toddler pushing dresser off twin brother was staged
A Utah man said Wednesday that a nannycam video showing his 2-year-old son lifting a fallen dresser off his twin brother was legitmate after Internet skeptics claimed the harrowing incident was staged.
"I'm not sure how they would be able to think that it was a stunt after watching the full video," Ricky Shoff told FoxNews.com. "It's obvious there isn't any editing to the video and to put my sons in a position where the dresser does fall on them on purpose is a horrible thought. How would you even stage that even if we were professionals with experience in such?"
In the video, which Shoff posted on YouTube over the weekend, twins Brock and Bowdy Shoff are seen opening various dresser drawers and trying to climb up on the furniture. The dresser tipped over, trapping Brock underneath. Bowdy eventually managed to push the dresser off his brother.
According to the New York Post, skeptics have pointed out that Ricky Shoff works for the company that sells the nannycam that recorded the incident. They also note that the dresser was empty at the time the twins were playing near it, and that the nannycam was pointed toward the dresser and not the twins' bed.
When Ricky Shoff posted the video, he wrote on Facebook that he was "a little hesitant to post this. But I feel it’s not only to bring awareness, but it’s also incredible.
"We are so grateful for the bond that these twin brothers share."
Meet the hero toddler who saved his twin
The pint-sized superhero who saved his brother when he was pinned under a dresser is unfazed by his newfound fame.
In an exclusive interview with CNN's "New Day," two-year-old Bowdy Shoff, and his twin Brock, ran around the studio Wednesday as their parents recounted the dresser falling and everyday life with their rambunctious toddlers.
"It's chaotic," mom Kayli told CNN's Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota. "Every single day they get a scratch or a bump. They just do. They're boys, they're curious."
Video of the twins' escapade went viral after their parents posted it online. It shows the boys climbing on the dresser in their bedroom, and shows the piece of furniture falling, trapping Brock underneath. Then Bowdy -- channeling his inner strength -- lifts the dresser high enough for his brother to escape. It's become a warning to families with young children that the furniture in toddlers' rooms needs to be bolted to the wall.
"A lot of people have messaged us since, (saying) 'Hey, we've now got our dressers bolted,'" father Ricky said of reaction to the video.
The Shoffs said most of the responses have been positive and grateful, but to the critics, Kayli says: "You can't 100% child-proof your home. I think it's impossible."
Ricky does work for the company that makes the camera that recorded the incident, but he insists that it had nothing to do with publicity, as some people have suggested.
"Why would we put our child in harm's way?" Kayli asked.
It's easy to see how Brock survived the accident without as much as a scratch. The boys poked around the "New Day" set, darted on- and off-camera and had to be wrangled by both the crew and their grandparents throughout the interview.
But the Shoffs credit Bowdy's "intuition" as the real reason his brother was unharmed.
"(After) eight or ten seconds, he's analyzing the situation: 'My brother is hurting, I've got to help him. What can I do?'" Kayli said.
Big brother Crew clearly thinks the world of these two.
"Is Bowdy strong?" Cuomo asked.
"I think so," he said with a smile.