An Alabama man is facing life in prison after police say he confessed earlier this month to placing his toddler in a washing machine and dryer—and turning it on—time and time again.
Authorities arrested 25-year-old Steven Garrett Todhunter, of Alabaster, January 12 on numerous charges related to child and domestic abuse, AL.com reported, citing authorities.
According to police, the man confessed to placing his son in a washer and dryer several times throughout the span of a year, beginning in May 2017.
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While officials only identified the child as being under 6 years old, “records show he is the father of a 3-year-old,” according to the news outlet.
“On numerous occasions Steven G. Todhunter placed the victim in the washing machine or dryer,” a warrant obtained by KOMO reportedly states. “When the victim was placed in the dryer, Steven G. Todhunter would close and secure the door with a chair, and sometimes turn the dryer on.”
In addition to mistreating the tot, police said Todhunter also abused a female victim during the same timeframe. According to the warrant, the suspect “held a woman against a wall and choked her to the point that she passed out.”
The suspect was held behind bars at the Shelby County Jail until Sunday, when he reportedly posted $20,000 bail. He is scheduled for a court appearance in February. He is facing felony charges of child abuse, strangulation, and domestic abuse.
The child abuse charge is reportedly “a class A felony, which is punishable by life in prison.” The extent of the child’s injuries remain unclear.
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[Feature photo: Steven Garrett Todhunter/Shelby County Jail]