The Herculean strength of a toddler who saved his brother when he got trapped under a toppled dresser swept the internet earlier this week.
But some skeptics have cast doubt over the astonishing feat which was caught on the boys’ nanny cam, claiming it was all too conveniently set up.
Empty dresser drawers, the absence of adults and the fact the camera was pointed squarely on the piece of furniture have prompted critics to label it a stunt.
Neither Brock or Bowdy Shoff, the twin toddlers, were harmed when the dresser fell on to them as they played at their Utah home.
Bowdy was able to wriggle free from the furniture but Brock became trapped beneath it.
For seconds, his twin brother surveyed the situation before using all his strength to lift it high enough for Brock to break free.
The boys’ parents shared footage of the incredible moment online as they pleaded for other families to be more aware of their children’s safety.
Among the four million people to have viewed the clip, some have cast doubt over its authenticity.
They said the fact the boys’ father Ricky works for a home-monitoring proves the family is being dishonest.
‘This whole thing is a scam. The father works for the video company,’ said one nay-sayer.
Others said it was suspicious neither of the children’s parents heard the furniture fall.
‘HOAX! Come on people, nothing in the drawers! Dad works for Cam company! Cam facing wrong direction! No one comes right away! FRAUD. 15 minutes of fame,’ said another.
The children’s parents have insisted it was not a stunt, telling CNN it was pure coincidence they were able to capture it on camera.
‘It’s ironic that it actually worked at my house that we caught something like that,’ Mr Shoff said.
Full of praise for his son, he added: ‘He’s pretty tough, he’s a strong kid but we think there was a little bit of extra help in there.’
Mrs Shoff said she ran to the boys’ room when she looked at her phone, which had a live feed of their nanny cam up, to see the dresser had fallen down.
‘I run downstairs, fling open the door, I had heard nothing…I just opened the door and they’re quietly playing in their room in the corner.
We went back and looked at the video because it records all movement, I pulled it up and watched it and we already knew they were OK…’
Mr Shoff continued: ‘My heart dropped as you can imagine, and I’m like how could this happen? So I’m watching it for like a minute and a half watching it unfold and then Bowdy does what he did and I was just like…(shrugs).
So scary! This toddler rushed to the rescue of his twin brother after a dresser in their room fell over, trapping the boy. Their mother shared the disturbing video to warn other parents about securing furniture. (credit: Kayli Shoff)
Posted by ABC7NY on Tuesday, 3 January 2017
‘We couldn’t believe it, we thought he would be hurt,’
Mrs Shoff said while there had been some negativity towards their videos, the majority of comments were in their favor.
Uploading the video to his Facebook page, Mr Shoff said: ‘I’ve been a little hesitant to post this. But I feel it’s not only to bring awareness, but it is also incredible.
‘We are so grateful for the bond that these twin brothers share. We know Bowdy was not alone in moving the dresser off of Brock. And feel blessed that he is ok.
‘Please make sure all your dressers are bolted and secured to the wall. Please share.’
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