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Teacher Accused of Doing Strange Thing With His Child

Anthony Helinski allegedly stuck his toddler in a game machine
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 23, 2018 12:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Massachusetts teacher has been charged with putting his toddler into a game machine at a New Hampshire shopping mall and using her to steal prizes, the AP reports. Police in Salem say 34-year-old Anthony Helinski, of Lawrence, Mass., turned himself in Wednesday, five days after witnesses at the Mall at Rockingham Park recorded video of a man encouraging the girl to hand out prizes from within the KeyMaster game. The video then shows the toddler climbing out of the machine.

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Andover Public Schools tells WCVB-TV that Helinski has been placed on leave from his job as a middle school teacher. Helinski is charged with theft, trespassing, and child endangerment. He does not have a listed phone number and it was unclear whether he has an attorney.

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