Man Arrested For Chaining 6-Year-Old Son To Bed

By: Lindsay McCane - June 10, 2014

On Tuesday, June 10, police arrested a Utah man after finding his 6-year-old son chained to a metal bed frame while he was at work.

Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen revealed that they found the boy home alone chained to the bed with a padlock around his ankles. The authorities arrived at the home, located approximately 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, at around 11:00 am after receiving an anonymous tip about the situation.

Jensen said that the boy had access to water and snacks, and the chain was just long enough for the boy to reach the restroom if he needed to go.

The 28-year-old father, who is not being identified to protect the identity of the child, was arrested and placed in the Cache County Jail. He is being charged with four counts of child abuse. The police said that their were no other children in the home, and the mother was not believed to have lived their either.

The authorities do not know how long the child had been home alone before they got there, or if the abuse had occurred before. They revealed that the boy seemed to be in relatively good health, however he was still undergoing an evaluation. The child is currently in the protection of the child welfare services.

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Lindsay McCaneLindsay McCane is a writer, student, wife, and mom to a two-year-old little boy. She loves to read, write, and spend time with her family. Follow her on Twitter @lrmccane.

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  • norma

    There is not a good enough reason to chain a child to anything. If a fire breaks out how would a child be able to remove theirselves out of the home? A person who chains a child to anything is permitting child abuse and should definetly be
    prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. How would you like to be chained all day with no way to get to a bathroom? You wouldn’t!

  • cyndi

    My heart is breaking. Since this poor child had access to food , water, and the bathroom it sounds like a situation where Dad cant afford daycare. So dangerous. It takes a village, we all need to help

  • cltaylor

    If you don’t have access to a baby-sitter, don’t have children.