Macedon Town Justice Ronald Reinstein saw nothing funny about placing a five year-old boy in a commercial dryer at a laundromat.
The incident occurred on Monday ((2/28) night at 9:52 p.m. at the Prime Laundromat, 1241 Route 31 in Macedon. The incident was caught on security video and witnessed by customers and management.
Michael Timmerman, age 37 and the five year-old’s mother, Krista A. Parmeter, age 26, all residing together on Conifer Drive in Palmyra, turned themselves into police Thursday night. The couple was charged with one count each of Misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
It is alleged they coaxed the five year-old to go into the dryer with some money and wanted to take a picture of him in the dryer. The young boy resisted and further coaxing and a foot nudge got the boy inside. Timmerman then reportedly closed the door and held it closed with his foot, pretending to put a coin into the dryer and push the start button. The child began screaming and crying. “He was pretty distraught,” said Macedon Police Sergeant Tom Cooman, who viewed the security tape. The child calmed down after he was given a coin.
Judge Reinstein, after reading police statements, placed a $2000 cash/$4000 bail bond for each Timmerman and Parmeter. At that point the boy’s mother broke down in tears. “What am I going to do with the kid’s?” The couple also have a baby son together. “Who is going to take care of my kids?” Sobbing, she turned to Timmerman who attempted to calm his partner. “Where are we going to come up with two grand tonight? We don’t have that kind of money. Do I have to spend the night in jail, seriously?” she asked the officers.
Timmerman suggested the use of several credit cards to at least make bail for Parmeter. “Can we use several credit cards to make the bail?” inquired the mother.
Following the arraignment, Parmeter said the five year-old was not hurt and always “fussed” about things. She was also concerned that Wayne County Child protective would take her children away.
Both Timmerman and Parmeter will reappear in Macedon Court on Tuesday, March 15th. They were both bailed out at 1:30 a.m. on Friday.