Father of toddler found dead in dryer charged with assaulting boy’s mom

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia man who said he found his 3-year-old son dead in a clothes dryer has been arrested on charges that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend as they made funeral arrangements for their child.

The boy’s Aug. 7 death remains under investigation, more than two weeks after he was found dead in his father’s home.

Authorities in Virginia Beach said Thursday that 34-year-old Chet Lloyd was charged with domestic assault. Amanda Ray confirmed in a Facebook message that she was assaulted outside a funeral home and that Lloyd had broken her phone.

Lloyd was also in possession of 1 gram of cocaine at the time of his arrest, according to a police report.

The Virginian-Pilot first reported the alleged assault. Lloyd previously told the newspaper he found his son, Brantley Lloyd, in a dryer. Brantley was later pronounced dead. An autopsy has been completed, but the cause and manner of the boy’s death has not yet been determined.

The boy’s mother said the circumstances of Brantley’s death make little sense.

It’s unclear if Lloyd has an attorney.