Arkansas couple accused of zip-tying child to bed
By WDTN StaffPublished: August 16, 2016, 5:06 pm Updated: August 16, 2016, 5:09 pm
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Police have arrested a Hot Springs, Arkansas, couple on battery and abuse charges for allegedly zip-tying a 4-year-old girl to her bed as punishment.
Hot Springs police arrested the girl’s mother and the woman’s boyfriend last week on suspicion of domestic battery, permitting the abuse of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor.
According to the report, Hot Springs police officers responded to Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center after Arkansas Department of Human Services workers and center employees examined the 4-year-old girl and determined she had been abused.
She had deep purple bruising on her bottom, lower back and legs; a black eye; swollen right cheek; a bruise on her forehead; healing scars across her back; and dried blood in the corner of her mouth. The girl also had ligature marks on her wrists indicating she had been restrained, and appeared to be malnourished, according to the police report.
Officers asked the girl her name, and she reportedly responded, “idiot.” Another juvenile at the residence reportedly confirmed the girl had been tied up and was referred to as “idiot.”
The Sentinel-Record reports the child is now in state custody. The mother and boyfriend remain in the Garland County jail Tuesday.