Mason City, Iowa, woman locks toddler in dryer

Dec. 20, 2011 at 2:36 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A Mason City, Iowa, woman allegedly locked the door on a clothes dryer and turned it on to teach a lesson to her 22-month-old son, police say.

Mallory Ann Hakes, 25, faces a charge of child endangerment without injury, punishable by a possible two years in prison and a $6,250 fine.

The Globe Gazette reports Hakes' son crawled into the dryer to hide. When she discovered the boy in the dryer, she allegedly closed the door and turned it on for a few seconds as punishment. The child was not injured.

The Department of Human Services received a report of suspected child abuse and made the arrest Monday after investigating the charge.

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