Arkansas couple accused of zip-tying child plead not guilty



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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas couple has pleaded not guilty to battery and abuse charges after they were accused of zip-tying the woman's 4-year-old daughter to her bed as punishment.

The 30-year-old woman and her 47-year-old boyfriend are charged in Hot Springs with first-degree domestic battery, permitting the abuse of a minor and first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor. Both remain jailed on $100,000 bond Wednesday, a day after entering their pleas.

Garland County District Court Judge David Switzer also has issued a gag order in the case.

According to The Sentinel-Record newspaper, a police report says officers were summoned to the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center earlier this month after workers there determined the child had been abused. The report says that when asked her name, the girl responded "Idiot."

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Information from: The Sentinel-Record, http://www.hotsr.com

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