Alabama man repeatedly stuffed child in clothes dryer, turned it on, police say

An Alabama man was arrested last week after being accused of trapping a young child in a clothes dryer on multiple occasions — and sometimes turning the machine on, authorities said.

Steven Garret Todhunter, 25, allegedly put a child under 6 years old inside the dryer at his Alabaster home and pinned the door shut with a chair numerous times between May 2017 and May 2018, police said.

The abuse went unreported until September 2018, authorities said.

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“It’s painful,” Paul Johnson of the Alabaster police told Birmingham FOX affiliate WBRC-TV. “Sometimes we see things in this line of work that no one should see. When someone hurts a child it hurts me as a father."

Todhunter was also accused of sticking the child inside a washing machine, states a warrant obtained by the station. He allegedly threatened to turn that machine on, too, telling the child “the water is going to be very hot.”

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The child hasn’t been identified, but records show Todhunter has a 3-year-old son, Alabama Live reported.

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Todhunter was charged with aggravated child abuse and domestic violence, the media outlet reported. He was released the day after his arrest when he posted $20,000 bond.