A man has been arrested after allegedly punishing his 3-year-old son by sticking him in the clothes dryer and turning it on.
Guernsey County sheriff's deputies went to the house in Cambridge, Ohio to check on the boy after family members contacted Children Services and told them the boy had been in the dryer. While they found no injuries on the child, his father, Jamial Bayly, 40, admitted he had put his son in the dryer that morning.
The Zanesville Times reported that Bayly, who is charged with child endangerment, was released after posting bail on the misdemeanor charge, but then was rearrested for felony domestic violence.
He is being held at the Guernsey County jail and is scheduled to appear via video arraignment in Cambridge Municipal Court today.
According to Sheriff Michael McCauley, the boy was released to the care of his mother, who was not there when the crime occurred.
McCauley says he doesn't know how long the boy had been in the dryer.
Bayly's court records reveal that in 1999, he was convicted of domestic violence for assaulting a 5-year-old family member, deputies said.
Court records show Bayly has been convicted of a long list of crimes dating back to the early 1990s. He has been convicted of three counts domestic violence including having previously assaulting a 5-year-old father member, along with three counts of operating a vehicle under the influence.
In 2008, a Kansas man, Aron Pritchard, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for putting his girlfriend's 2- and 3-year old children in the dryer. The boy suffered second-degree burns, prompting the investigation.
Pritchard told police at the time he was giving the kids a ride in the dryer for fun, but his defense lawyer District Attorney Keith Schroeder argued the incident was a punishment for the boy for wetting his pants.
Cambridge Municipal Court records have yet to list an attorney for Bayly.