A Hot Springs, Arkansas couple is now behind bars and charged with battery and abuse for zip-tying a 4-year-old girl to her bed as punishment.
Hot Springs police arrested the girl’s mother, Jennifer Denen, and her boyfriend, Clarence Reed, 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.
Upon arriving at the couple’s home they found the child had a black eye, a swollen face along with dried blood on her head and ligature makes from being constantly tied up.
When police asked the 4 year girl what her name was, the girl replied, ‘Idiot.’
Another child explained that Denen and Reed called the 4-year-old ‘idiot instead of using her name,’ according to police records.
The Sentinel-Record reports the child is now in state custody. Denen and Reed remain in the Garland County jail Tuesday. They are both charged with first degree domestic battery, permitting child abuse and first degree endangering the welfare of a minor.