A four year old Arkansas girl was reportedly zip-tied to furniture and repeatedly beaten by her mother’s live-in boyfriend.
Police in Hot Springs arrested mother-of-six Jennifer Denen, 30, and her boyfriend Clarence Reed, 47, on Friday after an examination of the girl found that she was covered in bruises and scars and had dried blood in her mouth, Daily Mail reports.
When the four-year-old was asked by authorities to give her name, she replied ‘Idiot’.
A police report described the young girl’s injuries in detail.
They include ‘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’.
There were also ligature marks on her wrist from when she was reportedly tied to the bed and a chair in the home.
Denen and Reed, were both arrested and booked on charges of first-degree domestic battery, permitting abuse of a minor and first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.
They both face up to 32 years behind bars if convicted on all three counts.
Reed said that he hit the girl with a wooden paddle and admitted to zip-tying her to the bed after he found her climbing into the cupboards in their home.
The examination of the girl also found that she appeared to be malnourished.
Reed admitted to calling the girl ‘Idiot’ but said it was a joke.
Denen has five other children. The oldest four are with their biological father while the youngest, whose father is Reed, is also now in state custody.
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