Man puts 13-month-old toddler in tumble dryer, closes the door, and turns it on leaving her severely injured

Thomas Dunn, 25, faces four charges after repeatedly assaulting two toddlers, suffocating them, and endangering their life


                            Man puts 13-month-old toddler in tumble dryer, closes the door, and turns it on leaving her severely injured

A man who put a 13-month-old baby girl in a tumble dryer and turned it on will stand trial for "endangering the life" of the child. 25-year-old Thomas Dunn, who is is accused of assaulting the baby and endangering her life twice in a span of three weeks last winter, was arraigned before a judge yesterday, The Sun reports.

Thomas Dunn is accused of putting a baby girl in a tumble dryer and switching it on.
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Thomas Dunn is accused of putting a baby girl in a tumble dryer and switching it on.
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Aside from the aforementioned charges, Dunn, from Hamilton is further alleged to have repeatedly assaulted another baby over the course of almost three years after he put his hand over his mouth and nose and pinched it to restrict his breathing. At a pre-trial hearing at Dundee Sheriff Court yesterday, Dunn faced a total of four charges against him.

On various occasions between April 2015 and January 2018 when the first child grew from birth to the age of 33 months, Dunn assaulted him by pinching his nose and restricted his breathing. Following the ordeal, Dunn allegedly assaulted the girl on an occasion between December 28, 2017, and January 8 this year, when the child was just 13 months of age.

Dunn allegedly placed the toddler in a tumble dryer, closed the door, and started the machine. The rotating inner drum caused severe injuries to the girl and endangered her life, according to prosecutors.

The pre-trial hearing at Dundee Sheriff Court did not see Dunn enter a plea to the four charges (Wikimedia)
The pre-trial hearing at Dundee Sheriff Court did not see Dunn enter a plea to the four charges (Wikimedia)

The third charge alleges that Dunn assaulted the same girl again between those days by restricting her breathing after he placed his hand over her mouth. Finally, per the fourth charge, Dunn is alleged to have assaulted the girl again and endangered her life on January 8, 2018. The report states that he repeatedly struck her on the head and body before striking her against unknown objects and biting her arm. The series of offenses is said to have been committed in Arbroath, Angus.

The pre-trial hearing at Dundee Sheriff Court yesterday did not see Dunn enter a plea to the four charges on indictment after Defense solicitor Paul Parker Smith said the defense would require time to make inquiries before a trial date could be finalized.

The trial continues.