Chaining 6-Year-Old Son To Bed Gets Utah Dad Jailed

By: Toni Matthews-El - June 11, 2014

Babysitters are expensive. Daycare services get expensive. EVERYTHING is more expensive in a post-recession America. That I understand.

However, none of that explains this bizarre solution that one Utah father used to keep his young son “secure” while he worked.

The Associated Press reports that on Tuesday, authorities filed child abuse charges against a Logan, Utah man who regularly chained his 6-year-old son to a bed frame.

Police were called to the location, which is about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, at around 11:00 am thanks to an anonymous tip. Authorities found the boy home by himself.

The child had a chain padlocked to his his ankle with the other end attached to a metal bed frame.

According to Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen, the chain was lengthy enough to assure the child could reach the nearby bathroom.

Jensen also stated that the that the child had access to water and snacks. It’s unclear how long the child was chained to the bed prior to the arrival of police officers.

Somehow the 28-year-old man believed that chaining his child every day while he worked ensured that the child was safe. He has no doubt been informed otherwise since being booked into the Cache County Jail.

The father was charged with four counts of child abuse.

His name was initially withheld in order to avoid the young child’s identity from being inadvertently released to the public. He has since been identified as Sammie Hodges.

In 2009 the man was convicted of felony forgery. In 2011, he was arrested for breaking the terms of his probation.

Authorities believe that the child lived alone with his father; the child’s mother wasn’t believed to live with the father and son and there is no evidence of other children in the home.

The child is said to be in good health, but Jensen stated that he will undergo additional examination.

The boy is currently in the custody of child welfare services.

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Toni Matthews-El

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Toni Matthews-ElToni Matthews-El hails from the land of chunked pumpkins and people who come to a complete stop before making any and every turn. When she isn't contributing articles to WebProNews, she spends her time freelance writing, cheering Liverpool FC, and enjoying life as a hair flower connoisseur. Disclaimer: Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates

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  • Kaywhever

    Looks like a Democrat to me.

  • goldenoldy1

    Yes, I always mistake my 6 year old son for a pit bull!

  • BlackPorcelain!

    Wtf. Wrong with you people? I bet he was white!