Jennifer Denen, 30, and her 47-year-old boyfriend, Clarence Reed, were arrested Friday after officers found Denen’s daughter covered in bruises and dried blood.
Officers said the pair used zip ties to strap the girl to her bed, for climbing on the kitchen cabinets.
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Police raided the couple’s Hot Springs home on a child abuse tip from the Department of Human Services. On arrival, officers found the 4-year-old girl with a black eye, a swollen face, dried blood on her head and ligature marks from being tied up. when one officer asked the little girl her name, “Idiot,” she responded.
Another child explained that Denen and Reed called the 4-year-old “idiot instead of using her name,” according to police records.
The girl was placed in protective custody. Denen and Reed were charged with domestic battery, permitting abuse of a minor and endangering welfare of a minor.
Denen admitted seeing Reed hit the child on the behind with a plastic bat and she did not seek medical attention for her daughterl’s injuries at any point.
Reed also admitted he hit the girl with a wooden paddle and zip-tied her to the bed after he found her climbing into the cupboards in their home.
The mother also admitted calling the malnourished girl ‘Idiot’ but said it was a joke.
The mother of six lost custody of the oldest four to their biological father while the youngest, whose father is Reed, is also now in state custody.
The couple is being held on $500,000 bond and are due in court on August 23.