Trio charged with tying up child in court Tuesday

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Disposition hearing set for grandmother, parents

By The Staff

The three people charged with tying up a 3-year-old for up to 16 hours a day are scheduled to appear Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Anderson Circuit Court.
Grandmother Carolyn Case, mother Rebecca Medley and stepfather Herbert Medley are scheduled to appear in front of Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman for a disposition hearing at 9 a.m.
All three have already pleaded not guilty.
Case and Rebecca Medley have been released from jail on their own recognizance after being charged with first-degree criminal child abuse of a person under the age of 12.
Herbert Medley is facing the same charge and was released from jail after posting $1,000 on a $10,000 bond.
The charge against them stems from a state police investigation during which the women reportedly told troopers that the 3-year-old was tied to her bed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day. They also acknowledged that the child 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 child 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.
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.