Man Accused of Putting Young Child in a Running Clothes Dryer
Milwaukee man allegedly abused two young children while living in Oak Creek, including hitting them with a spoon and breaking one child's arm.
A 26-year-old Milwaukee man is facing charges after he allegedly abused two young children in an Oak Creek home, including putting one of them in a running clothes dryer on multiple occasions.
Nicholas James Fuchs was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Thursday with three counts of physical abuse of a child, one count of second-degree reckless endangerment, one count of false imprisonment and one count of strangulation.
If convicted, he faces up to 74 years in prison and $165,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
From January through October 2011, Fuchs abused a 4-year-old and 5-year-old, unbeknown to the mother, while he lived with her in Oak Creek.
The children told police he would hit them on the bottom of their feet with a spoon and put their feet in a tub full of hot water. He also choked one of the children and pinched the penis of one child.
One child said they had urinated in their pajamas, so Fuchs put the child in a clothes dryer and turned it on. After further interviewing the children, police discovered he had done this on several occasions.
In July 2011, Fuchs broke an arm of one child. The incident was investigated as possible child abuse, but he said the injury was due to roughhousing.
Fuchs is currently being held in Milwaukee County Jail while awaiting trial.