Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Parents Dearest

But I thought this only happened in the inner city:
An Ozaukee County husband and wife were charged Monday with abusing their 12-year-old daughter by chaining her to a bed and whipping her with coat hangers, according to a criminal complaint.

The husband and wife, from Belgium, each were charged with being party to the crime of physical abuse of a child, intentionally causing bodily harm, according to the complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court.

The couple admitted to striking the girl several times with plastic coat hangers since September as punishment for stealing from stores and from them, the complaint said.

The girl told investigators that once she was struck 20 times with such a hanger and the woman said the whippings left a mark on the girl's buttocks.

The woman also told police she and her husband would chain the girl to a bed every night using a zip-tie around her wrist and pulling the zip-tie through a chain that was fastened to the bed.

The husband told police he whipped the girl with a hanger and fastened the zip-tie around her wrist so tight it would leave a mark because he was afraid of his wife.

James T. Harris and his ilk would have us believe that it is the culture that causes this kind of story. I wonder which culture they should really be looking at.

It also ticks me off to no end that they only had bail set at $500 each. I guess Ozaukeeans are OK with whipping children.

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