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Nicholas J. Fuchs

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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:07 am, Tue Apr 17, 2012.

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee man accused of putting a 4-year-old girl in a dryer and turning it on because she wet her pants has been charged with six felonies, including recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment and strangulation.

The child told investigators that Nicholas Fuchs, 26, put her in the dryer "a lot of times" and "it was very dark and warm inside the driver and this made (her) scared," according to a criminal complaint. Her mother found out about the abuse in February, after overhearing her daughter threaten to put her 5-year-old son in the dryer, like Fuchs did to her, the complaint said.

The mother told investigators she ended her relationship with Fuchs in September because he became verbally abusive toward her, the complaint said. Fuchs was charged Thursday and cash bond was set at $20,000 on Friday.

The girl also told investigators Fuchs would strike the bottom of her foot with a spoon, which "super hurt," and he pulled her arm behind her back and pushed it up, causing a fracture, the complaint said.

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