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Top 10 Stories of 2012: No. 6: Trio await trial in child-tying case

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By The Staff

From staff reports
Three suspects now wait to stand trial in Anderson Circuit Court after being charged with tying up a 3-year-old Lawrenceburg girl for up to 16 hours a day.
Grandmother Carolyn Case and parents Rebecca and Herbert Medley are scheduled to stand trial Feb. 25-27 for charges brought against them in September 2012 following an investigation by Kentucky state police and social services.
According to circuit court documents, the 3-year-old daughter of the Medleys was tied up — using a curtain sash and large horse collar safety pin — to a bed at her grandmother’s residence at 1024 Terri Lane from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day, and was also tied to the bed for a two-hour nap. She spent an additional four hours tied up to the bed for discipline, as well as tied up to a booster seat in a kitchen chair for up to an hour a day, according to documents.
Case told investigating Kentucky state police troopers that the girl “spent more time tied up than free” according to documents, because the three-year-old was “getting out of bed and getting into things,” and that she was trying to “get out of the residence when everyone was asleep.”
The incident allegedly occurred from June 1 through Aug. 3 when a child protective services worker alerted state police, according to court records.
Case, Rebecca Medley and Herbert Medley, all previously declared indigent, pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree criminal child abuse.
The Commonwealth Attorney’s had offered a plea bargain, which would have avoided a trial, but that assistant Commonwealth Attorney David Nutgrass had rescinded the offer, Case’s attorney Max Comley said during a court meeting in November.