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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  • Well I do hope that they both do the max jail time and perhaps Mr Reed will take the interest of someone on the inside with more power then he has. Perhaps then he will understand what its like to feel helpless.


  • why do people do this and the horrifying thing too is they have 6 kids so they are damaging 6 peoples lives forever. so sad


  • I can’t begin to imagine how a parent could be so abusive to a child. I think the girl was justified in trying to hide in the cupboard. She was probably not called by her proper name, either all the time or during the time she has any good memory of. In Aust. that would equate to few different types of child abuse -Physical, emotional, pshycological for a start…..starvation.
    They will never get a log enough prison term in my opinion


  • I hope they are both locked up for as long as possible.


  • This really was so distressing. I believe both adults (I can’t bring myself to call either of them a parent) should be dealt with harshly. This woman should not be allowed to parent any child, and this man should not be allowed to be in contact with children EVER again.


  • How can this man hold his head up in public?

    • He is not a Man….a Man would never treat a child that way.


  • This youngster is not an idiot, they are. She was just being an inquisitive child. I hope they get the full 32 years and get treated like they treated this little girl. If they don’t like the way she acted then don’t have children. People like this make me so mad.


  • Poor little girl. Answering to idiot is so horrible. Other than the physical injuries I hate to think of the damage the psychological injuries have done.


  • This made me cry. How could anyone do that to a poor child.


  • lock them up and tell the other prisoner what they are in for


  • This is so disgusting! I hope the law throws the book at them. they don’t deserve to have children. I really feel for that dear little girl.


  • Some people should never have children – such a pity for this little girl. It will be hard for her to trust in future.


  • This is awful. So sad.


  • Poor little girl! I hope she will be able to forget this ugly period of her life, once she’s adopted by a nice nurturing family.


  • I hope the children can now find a healthy and better life with some-one who can care and love them.


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