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The parents and grandmother of a 3-year-old Lawrenceburg girl are charged with tying her up “very tightly” for up to 16 hours a day.
Charged with first-degree criminal child abuse are her parents Rebecca Leah Medley, 30, and Herbert Charles Medley, 53, and the girl’s grandmother Carolyn Case, 64.
The girl was tied up on a bed at Case’s residence at 1024 Terri Lane from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.
She was also tied to the bed for a two-hour nap, and spent an additional four hours tied up for discipline, according to the documents. She was also tied up to a booster seat in a kitchen chair for up to an hour a day for discipline.
The girl was tied up with a curtain sash by lacing it through the arm holes in her shirt and behind her back. It was then fastened to the bed using a large horse collar safety pin, according to court documents. The sash was also used to tie her to a kitchen chair.
Case, the grandmother, told investigating troopers with the Kentucky State Police that the girl “spent more time tied up than free,” according to documents.
Case also told investigators that she was tied up because she was “getting out of bed and getting into things,” and that she was trying to “get out of the residence when everyone was asleep.”
Case added that the girl’s mother, Rebecca Medley, “would tie [the girl] up very tightly and that [her] movement was very impaired and she was not able to escape.”
The girl was being tied up from June 1 through Aug. 3, when a child protective services worker alerted the state police.
Troopers arrived at Case’s residence where she admitted tying up the girl and showed them the curtain sash and bed.
Troopers then interviewed the Medleys. Rebecca Medley refuted the grandmother’s claim that the girl was tied up for four hours to the bed and another hour to a chair for discipline, saying the times were half that amount, according to the report.
She did confirm that the girl was tied up for 10 hours each night, according to the report. She added that Case began the practice of tying up the girl and continued doing so for the two months it was conducted. She told police that she and Case tied the girl up the about the same number of times and that Herbert Medley, her husband, knew about it, and that they “fought” about it on a regular basis, according to the report.
Herbert Medley told police he knew about the girl being tied up but “felt he could not ell anyone because Case had threatened to kick them out of the residence.”
He said that Case started the practice and showed his wife how to do it.