Toddler shreds over $1000 parents had saved to pay debt

Hugh Fox
October 7, 2018

A Utah toddler's parents are in disbelief after they discovered their 2-year-old son sent more than $1,000 through a shredder.

But it seems two-year-old Leo got his hands on the envelope of cash before the debt could be paid.

Ben and Jackee Belnap were saving the money to reimburse Ben's parents for University of Utah season football tickets.

Apparently the Belnap's toddler is well-versed in the ways of shredding, as he frequently helps his mom shred their junk mail or important documents that they don't want to throw in the trash whole.

Over the weekend, their envelope containing $1,060 went missing from their Holladay home and the couple frantically searched for the misplaced money.

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'She's holding the shredder and she says, "I think the money is in here"'.

After careful, and tearful consideration, Jackee realized her son, Leo had shredded the cash!

"We just, for like five minutes, we just shuffled through it, not talking", Jackee told KSL.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing can work with people who have mutilated cash.

"Honestly in my heart, I said some day this is going to be really amusing", Ben agreed, adding that most parents only have to deal with their kids drawing on their walls.

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The process takes between six months and three years, the website says.

Ben called the department and was told: "Bag it up in little Ziploc bags, mail it to DC, and in one to two years, you'll get your money back".

Leo is all too familiar with the shredder.

The family is expected to get the money from the federal government in the next one to two years.

"As devastated and as sick as we were, this was one of those moments where you just have to laugh", Jackee Belnap told KTVX-TV.

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