Danvers police Chief Patrick M. Ambrose confirmed the horrific details of the allegation in an e-mail Thursday morning.
The baby's mother, Bonnie Brogna, said she was away from the house for a little over half an hour when the Snapchat was posted.
It's unclear from the video how long the baby was inside the appliance but officials say the baby did not suffer any injuries.
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The girls attempted to explain away their actions by saying they were merely reaching for a bottle to feed the crying baby.
They are charged with child endangerment and assault and battery by means of a unsafe weapon.
"We are working with the DA's office and DCF (the state Department of Children and Families) on this incident", Ambrose said.
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Following the incident, the infant's mother said she will not allow her niece near her child again. Other parts of the video show them putting the baby inside, laughing and joking all the while. It is not clear how long the young child was inside the refrigerator.
Here is the video.
Brogna has told several news outlets she doesn't think her niece placed the baby in the refrigerator with the intent of harming her daughter. I didn't expect that to happen. "I don't want anyone near my child anymore", the mother, who did not want to be identified, told WCVB in Boston.
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