Girl, 4, found zip-tied to bed, beaten, made to believe her name was ‘Idiot’

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — 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.

The girl’s mother and boyfriend, Jennifer Denen, 30, and Clarence Reed, 47, were arrested by Hot Springs police last week on suspicion of domestic battery, permitting the abuse of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor.


(Photo: Hot Springs Police Department)

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 that when officers asked the girl her name, she allegedly responded, “idiot.” Another juvenile at the residence reportedly confirmed the girl had been tied up and was referred to as “idiot.”

The child is now in state custody. The mother and boyfriend remain in the Garland County jail Tuesday.

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