LAWRENCEBURG – A mother, stepfather and grandmother face charges of first-degree criminal abuse after allegedly tying up a 3-year-old girl for up to 16 hours everyday.
According to court documents, Carolyn Case, 64, grandmother of the child, and Rebecca Medley, 30, the mother, tied the girl to her bed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from June to August.
During an interview with a Kentucky State Police trooper on Aug. 3, Case said she tied the child up at night “because she was getting out of bed at night and getting into things,” according to court documents.
Case also said in the interview that the child would be tied up for a two-hour nap, for up to four hours of discipline and for up to two hours in a blue booster seat everyday.
While the trooper was at her home on Terri Lane in Lawrenceburg, she showed him the green curtain sash that was used to tie the girl down.
The trooper spoke with Medley on the same day, and she said the child was only tied up for two hours for discipline and 30 minutes to the booster seat, but confirmed the girl was tied down from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Medley said her husband and the girl’s stepfather Herbert Medley, 53, knew about the girl being restrained, but did not participate personally.
Herbert Medley told the trooper that he “felt he could not tell anyone because Ms. Case had threatened to kick them out of the residence,” according to court documents.
The grand jury of Anderson Circuit Court indicted Case, Herbert Medley and Rebecca Medley on Aug. 21 on one count each of first-degree criminal abuse. They were arrested them on Aug. 27.
All three have since been released from jail, under the condition that they have no contact with the alleged victim. They are scheduled to appear in Anderson County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Oct. 16 for a disposition hearing.