HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- 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.
The child told authorities she thought her name was “Idiot,” according to an arrest report obtained by The Sentinel-Record.
Hot Springs police arrested the girl’s mother, Jennifer Denen, 30, and her live-in boyfriend, Clarence Reed, 47, Friday and charged them with felony counts of first-degree 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.