Warrant: Man locked child in clothes dryer, turned it on

Published 2:19 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2019

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 25-year-old Alabaster man is facing a pair of felony charges after he allegedly placed a child younger than 6 in a clothes dryer multiple times – sometimes turning the dryer on with the child inside – over a year-long period from 2017-2018, and allegedly assaulted an adult victim during the same timeframe.


The Alabaster Police Department arrested Steven Garrett Todhunter, who lists an address on 10th Avenue Southwest, on Jan. 12 and charged him with felony counts of aggravated child abuse and domestic violence by strangulation or suffocation.

Aggravated child abuse is a class A felony, and carries a maximum sentence of life in prison upon conviction, and domestic violence by strangulation or suffocation is a class B felony, carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison upon conviction.

Todhunter’s arrest came after he allegedly “placed the victim in the washing machine or the dryer. 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” multiple times from May 1, 2017, to May 1, 2018, read his arrest warrant.

During the same time period, he also “held (an adult) victim against the wall, in a choking manner. During that time, Steven Garrett Todhunter choked the victim to the point that the victim passed out,” which led to the domestic violence charge.

Todhunter was released from the Shelby County Jail the day after he was arrested after posting bonds totaling $20,000.

He is set to appear in Shelby County District Court for a preliminary hearing in front of Judge Daniel Crowson on Feb. 6.