February 24 2012
– The stepfather of an 11-year-old girl kept her chained to her bed for five weeks, investigators say.
Michael Gilman is charged with false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly shackled his step-daughter to the bed by her ankle
Gilman, of Sharp County, Arkansas, used a dog leash and, at times, a short chain to restrain the girl while the girl’s mother was out of town, court documents state.
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Accused: Michael Gilman is accused of chaining his stepdaughter to a bed for five weeks
Gilman told investigators the girl would get up at night and wander the neighbourhood getting into trouble.
Other forms of discipline they had tried over several years had not solved the problem, he said.
He said in the morning he would release her.
‘Some of the behavior of this child, the family is claiming they can’t control, and a lot of what they did was for her safety,’ said Detective Ken Guidry told KAIT-TV.
Chained to the house: Gilman told investigators the girl would get up at night and wander the neighbourhood getting into trouble if she were not tied up
‘However, chaining a child to a bed, we just can’t have that.’
Gilman has been released from custody after posting a $1,000 bond.
The girl and her two siblings a 15-year-old sister and a 6-year-old brother. were taken into the custody of child welfare officials.