Abused 4-year-old 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 Sentinel-Record reports that when asked her name, the little girl told police it was “Idiot.”

Hot Springs police arrested the girl’s mother, Jennifer Denen, 30, and the woman’s boyfriend, Clarence Reed, 47, last week on suspicion of domestic battery, permitting the abuse of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor. 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. She also appeared to be malnourished.

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

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