Police: Couple zip-tied girl, 4, to bed, she told officer her name was 'idiot'

Posted at 3:24 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 18:54:37-04

An Arkansas couple has been arrested on battery and abuse charges for allegedly zip-tying a 4-year-old girl to her bed as punishment.

Hot Springs police arrested Clarence Reed, 47, and the child’s mother, Jennifer Denen, 30, both of Hot Springs, Ark., last week on suspicion of domestic battery, permitting the abuse of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor.

A police report says officers were summoned to the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center after workers there determined the child had been abused. A police report says the girl had bruises, a black eye, scars and ligature marks on her wrists.

The Sentinel-Record reports the child is now in state custody. The mother and boyfriend remain in the Garland County jail Tuesday.

The Washington Post reportedthat when a police officer asked the girl what her name was, she said, “Idiot.” The child's mother told police that her boyfriend frequently called the child “Idiot” instead of using her actual name.

Information from: The Sentinel-Record,

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