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August 15, 2023

Cape May police looking for woman who threw skee ball that struck child's head inside arcade

The incident was caught on video and cops say it followed an argument

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Cape May police are investigating after a woman was shown on video throwing a skee ball that struck a child in the back of the head at an arcade.

Cape May police want to identify a woman, recorded on video, throwing a skee ball that struck a child in the head at an arcade.

Police shared the video on Facebook on Monday, saying the woman hurled the ball after a disagreement with another person at the arcade.

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Authorities did not give the name or location of the arcade where the incident happened. A detective with the Cape May Police Department said Tuesday afternoon that more information would be released later.

In the video, the woman is seen speaking with a child for about a minute before both approach a Lane Master skee-ball machine, and the woman swipes her arcade card to start a game. She then picks up a skee ball and quickly flings it. The child who was stuck is only partially visible on the edge of the frame of the video, but police said the ball hit the child's head.

Another woman returned the ball to the woman who had thrown it, and a man standing with the child appears to say something to the woman who threw the ball. Police didn't say whether the child was injured.

The woman then leaves the area, and the man appears to shout at her. Authorities also shared a still image of the woman as she stood among a group of people.

On social media, some debated whether the toss was intentional or a simple mistake.

Cape May police said anyone with information about the incident can call detectives at (609) 884-9507.