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Milwaukee Man Accused Of Putting 4-Year-Old In Dryer

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Apr 17, 2012 8:40PM

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A Milwaukee man faces felony child abuse charges after a 4-year-old girl told her mother he had put her in the dryer and turned it on because she had peed her pants.

The girl's mother heard her threaten to put her brother in the dryer and started asking questions. The girl said Nicholas Fuchs, 26, had done it more than once. She told investigators that "it was very dark and warm inside the dryer and this made (her) scared."

As if that story weren't heartbreaking enough, the little girl called the man "Mean Nick," and that isn't the only incident of abuse, police say.

The Associated Press writes:

The girl also told investigators Fuchs would strike the bottom of her foot with a spoon, which "super hurt," and he pulled her arm behind her back and pushed it up, causing a fracture, the complaint said.

Her brother told investigators he also got the foot "spankings" while his mother was at work. Fuchs picked him up by his neck and threw him on a bed, pinched his genitals and would put the boy's feet in hot water if he urinated in his pants, the complaint said.

The children's mother said she ended her relationship with Fuchs in September because he was verbally abusive to her. Fuchs has been charged with six felonies including reckless endangerment, false imprisonment and strangulation.