Bad Parenting: Dad Allegedly Puts Toddlers In Dryer, Records Video To Post On Snapchat

By Tanya Diente, Parent Herald June 09, 07:51 am
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A father from West Virginia is in jail for allegedly putting his daughter and son in the dryer and turning it on briefly in an attempt to teach the son to conquer his fear.

Disturbing Videos

Ryan James Barr reportedly took videos of his toddlers in the dryer and shared the clip on Snapchat. A faculty member from McNinch Elementary School saw the disturbing footage and alerted authorities. The staff contacted Deputy Travis Morando, the School Resource Officer Marshall County Sheriff.

According to the criminal report, Barr posted two videos of his kids on Snapchat. The first showed the dad from Moundsville putting his 2-year-old daughter in the dryer. The young girl screams after the door shuts.

Meanwhile, the second clip reveals Barr putting his 3-year-old son in the machine. He turns the dryer on briefly. He then stoops down to look through the window and sees the young boy spin around as the dryer runs.

Deputy Morando said that a female was in the home during the incident. The woman was in the shower and later learned about the video after a friend informed her that she was posting the clip of the toddlers on Snapchat. The unidentified woman, said to be Barr's wife, contacted the police and told them about the incident.

The disturbing videos have gone viral and the 24-year-old Barr turned himself in to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office. The father admitted that he placed his son in the dyer to teach him a lesson not to be scared. Barr likewise mentioned that his daughter was always climbing in the dryer.

Jail Sentence

Authorities have contacted Child Protective Services to take care of the young kids. Meanwhile, the authorities have charged the father with one count of child neglect with a significant chance of bodily injury. Barr is also in prison at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on a $50,000 bond.

Chief Deputy Bill Helms has since released a statement about the disturbing incident. He acknowledged the importance of the children's welfare in their community.

"I understand that, anytime something happens to one of our community's children, yeah it just strikes a chord," Chief Deputy Bill Helms said.

Barr could face one to five years in the state penitentiary if found guilty of purposely harming his two kids. The criminal report did not indicate whether he has an attorney to support his case.

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