HOT SPRINGS, AR (WCMH/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.
Clarence Reed, 47, and the child’s mother, Jennifer Denen, 30, both of Hot Springs, are now charged with domestic battery, permitting abuse of a minor and endangering 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 were booked into the Garland County jail.
According to the Washington Post, when a police officer asked the girl what her name was, she said, “Idiot.”
Police later discovered Reed regularly called the child “Idiot” instead of using her actual name.