Toddler Goes Viral After Crashing Professor Dad’s Live TV Interview

January 9, 2018
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Daniel Smith-Rowsey, a film historian and adjunct professor at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, was in the middle of a Skype interview with Al Jazeera English when the live broadcast took a different twist.

His 5-year-old son, Rainier, walked in.

Cuteness swept in on live TV.

The host, Sohail Rahman, was probing Smith-Rowsey, a resident of Berkeley, about Sunday evening’s Golden Globe Awards and the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, when a little face suddenly appeared on screen.

“Uh,” says Smith-Rowsey, visibly caught off-guard. “That’s my child, excuse me.”

We just had a BBC moment on live TV. pic.twitter.com/HJf3Rsguvk

— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) January 8, 2018

Rahman took the interruption in his stride, inviting Rainier to participate in the broadcast.

The adults then continued chatting as the five-year-old completely steals the show, smiling with his gold toy car, which he drives up and down his father’s formal black shirt throughout the discussion.

The heartwarming moment harkened back to a viral March interview with professor Robert Kelly on BBC, in which his two children burst into a live Skype discussion and are dragged away by Kelly’s wife.

Smith-Rowsey had a more laid-back approach to his kindergartener’s interruption though.

He remains onscreen until the last minute, bidding farewell to the camera with his tiny hand.

“Bye!” he says off-screen as the interview ends.

Speaking to reporters , Smith-Rowsey admitted he was “mortified” when his five-year-old walked in.

“Our office door has a broken lock, and another family member had been assigned to keep an eye on my son,” he said. “But these things happen.”

Smith-Rowsey said that he showed Rainier, known as “Razor” among friends and family, the interview after the fact, only for the bubbly youngster to completely talk over it, unimpressed.

As for his son’s nonchalant reaction to the new-found stardom, Smith-Rowsey had a fittingly academic justification: “These kids grow up seeing themselves on (homemade) videos a lot more often than you and I did as children.”

Police Are On Manhunt For Parents Of 4-Year-Old Who Died From Serious Burns

Police are currently searching for the parents of a 4-year-old Sumpter Township girl who died on Monday after being found with severe burns.

Police said that the home where the girl was found with serious scald wounds was full of animal waste and it contained guns and drugs.

The girl was found about 10:43 a.m. at the Rawsonville Woods Mobile Home community on Greenmeadow Drive.

Police found the girl unresponsive with “obvious” severe burns on her arms and legs. Family members were administering CPR.

The girl was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Police records indicate that the incident isn’t the first time they’ve had trouble at the home.

On May 20, 2016, officers stormed the house following a report of a barricaded gunman after a domestic assault.

The girl’s mother said to police that her boyfriend had beat her, shot her dog and shot himself in a suicidal outburst.

Police said the man then fled the home and was later arrested on domestic violence charges.

The woman reportedly claimed she owned weapons that had been confiscated, including one that had the serial number filed off it. She pleaded guilty to weapons charges and received probation.

As police continue to search for the child’s parents, not much information about the investigation has been released.

Child Protective Services and the Michigan State Police Forensics Unit are assisting.

 

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