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by Volker Weber

An Australian man has been charged with causing bodily harm after he put a 13-month-old baby in a tumble dryer when she spilt a drink on herself.

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How could he have known (just being 21 years old) if there were no warning stickers on the tumble dryer "Do not put any children in there" ?

Ups, he's Australian, not American, that might be it....

Is the child's mother able to sue the tumble dryer manufacturer ?

Heiko Müller, 2006-05-31

Re: Is the child's mother able to sue the tumble dryer manufacturer ?

We don't sue others for our own stupidity here, unlike some countries.

I'm sure he'll get what's coming to him once he's placed in jail (he's out on bail at the moment).

Roger Harper, 2006-05-31

I've grown remarkably (more) sensitive to child abuse since I have kids, so this really makes me angry.

What I can't understand is why they released him on bail. Perhaps they couldn't protect him adequately in their jail from fellow inmates ? Ooh, I do hope so.

Alex Boschmans, 2006-05-31

Being a father myself, that really gets me.

Frank Stangenberg, 2006-05-31

Without being a father, that already sets me up. More and more I consider the idea to actually require a license for bringing up children as not too idiotic. It's some of the parents who are idiotic and their kids need to be protected.

Ragnar Schierholz, 2006-05-31

Actually, I think they should let him contact the child's mother. If she's a mother in any way, he'll get the first punishment right then. If he survives that, they can still call him into court and lock him away.

Ragnar Schierholz, 2006-05-31

I think that the Australian judiciary is perfectly capable to make proper decisions. You can stop giving judgement over someone you know from a 15 line long article you read on the internet.

There are probably equally bad things happening in your proximity. Why don't you *do* something about these instead of complaining about a remote problem you cannot solve?

Timo Stamm, 2006-05-31

Having a bad day Timo? :^)

Sure, there could be extenuating circumstances- was he mentally retarded, was he abusing drugs, etc- but in lieu of such info, we can only know what we've been told.

I, too, am a father and am also dumbfounded by what people do.

Scott Roberson, 2006-05-31

Stuff like this makes me so mad. How could someone do that? And how could they let him out on bail, as he's obviously defective and could do something dangerous at any time?

It's just wrong and I don't care how someone would try to justify it. He had to know it was wrong, and if he knew and couldn't keep from doing it, he is a menace to society. And if he didn't know it was wrong, he is a menace to society. Either way, I'm glad he's not walking the streets in my town.

And Timo - I think people have a right to pass judgement for something like this. There is absolutely NO explanation that could possibly make it acceptable to place a child in a clothes dryer. None. Zero. Nada. The guy's either a nut or a very bad person, and like I said either way he's a menace to society, and too dangerous to be around normal people.

And my husband and I DO take action when there are bad things happening in our proximity involving children. He took 10 minutes out of his time to watch a child left alone in a store the other day, and then told the child's parent what an idiot he was when he returned. (The guy left the baby in the cart and went 2 aisles away!) We've also kept an eye on other people's children in restaurants and such, when it was obvious the parents wouldn't have noticed if their kids went out the door with someone else. And I wouldn't hesitate to step in if I saw something worse than that. Unfortunately, most of the worst stuff happens behind closed doors, probably for the reason I stated above - the perpetrator knows deep down that it is wrong and does it anyway.

Maria Helm, 2006-05-31

@Timo - i live in Australia and can assure you that the Australian judiciary can make unbelievably stupid decisions (daily).

I am a father as well and believe the best solution would be to leave a few other fathers alone with this bloke for around 10 mins, a much more cost effective solution than the justice system

Mark Elgar, 2006-06-01

@Mark: Totally agree, as I said: Leave him alone with the kid's mother. After that, if necessary, bring in those other fathers. ;-)

Ragnar Schierholz, 2006-06-01

Ragnar, Australia may be nearer than you think (sorry, German content).

Stefan Rubner, 2006-06-01

Leave him alone with the kid's mother. After that, if necessary, bring in those other fathers. ;-)Ragnar -- it wouldn't be necessary. The mother would make complete mincemeat of him I am sure :o)

Ben Poole, 2006-06-01

Ragnar -- it wouldn't be necessary. The mother would make complete mincemeat of him I am sure :o)
I'm not so sure, it's the mother who left him in charge of the child in the first place.

Apparently this guy was studying to become a school teacher !!!

Roger Harper, 2006-06-02

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