A Utah couple were left in tears after their toddler put more than US$1000 of his parents' savings through a shredder.

Ben and Jackee Belnap had been saving up reimburse Ben's parents after they lent the couple money to pay for the Utah football season tickets.

With US$1036 ($1600) in an envelope, the couple were ready to pay it back. But over the weekend the envelope with the money disappeared.

After searching the house, the couple realised their 2-year-old son Leo had taken the envelope with the money inside and put it through the shredder.

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A Utah couple were left in tears after their toddler put more than $1000 of his parents' savings through a shredder. Photo / KSL
A Utah couple were left in tears after their toddler put more than $1000 of his parents' savings through a shredder. Photo / KSL

"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'."

"Honestly in my heart, I said someday this is going to be really funny."

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

Leo is accustomed to the shredder and usually enjoys helping his mum shred the bills. But this time his "helping hand" backfired.

"Leo helps me shred junk mail and just things with our name on it, or important documents we want to get rid of," Jackee said. Photo / KSL

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

The couple may be able to recover the money with a government agency that offers to deal with mutilated cash.

The department said they may be able to recover some or all of the cash but the process could take up to two years.

As for Leo, he's currently banned from using the shredder.

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