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Toddler puts $1600 of parents' savings through shredding machine

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Studio shot of cash in with shredded paper © Getty Studio shot of cash in with shredded paper

A US couple are distraught after their toddler put over US$1000 of their precious savings through a shredding machine.

Ben and Jackee Belnap collected US$1036 ($1600) to pay Ben's parents back for a loan.

They were about to return it when the envelope with the money inside disappeared.

After searching their home, the couple came to the shocking realisation their 2-year-old son Leo had destroyed their savings by putting it through the shredder.

"I'm digging through the trash and she hollers and says, 'I found it'," Ben told NBC. "She's holding the shredder and she says, 'I think the money is in here'."

"Most people they say oh, a kid drew crayon on the wall or something. I've never heard of a kid shredding a grand."

Leo is used to the shredder - he helps Jackee shred the bills. But this time he helped with the wrong thing.

"As devastated and as sick as we were, this was one of those moments where you just have to laugh," Jackee added.

They might be able to get their money back from a government agency that works with ruined cash. However there is a catch - it could take up to two years.

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