Abused girl says her name is ‘idiot

Abused girl says her name is ‘idiot’ as mum Jennifer Deden and Clarence Reed are arrested for child abuse in Arkansas

The girl’s mother Jennifer Denen and her boyfriend Clarence Reed were arrested.
Staff writersNews Corp Australia Network
POLICE
have arrested a mum and her boyfriend after her four-year-old daughter
was found tied to furniture. When asked what her name was the girl
replied ‘idiot’.
The Sentinel-Record
reports that Jennifer Denen, 30 and her boyfriend Clarence Reed, 47, of
Arkansas were taken into custody on Friday and charged with domestic
abuse.
Child welfare officers said the
girl had clearly been abused. She had deep purple bruising on her
bottom, lower back and legs, a black eye, a swollen right cheek, a
bruise on her forehead, healing scars across her back and dried blood in
the corner of her mouth. She had marks on her wrists where she had been
restrained and appeared to be malnourished.
Officers asked the girl her name, and she reportedly responded, “idiot.”
The girl's mother Jennifer Denen and her boyfriend Clarence Reed, pictured, were arrested. Picture: Supplied
The girl’s mother Jennifer Denen and her boyfriend Clarence Reed, pictured, were arrested. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
During an interview, Denen stated she saw Reed strike the 4-year-old on the bottom with a plastic bat.
Denen
allegedly admitted that she didn’t seek medical care for her daughter
and that Reed regularly referred to the child as “idiot” while in her
presence.
Reed allegedly admitted to
striking the girl on the bottom with a thick wooden paddle, but not a
plastic bat. He also allegedly admitted that he and Denen had used zip
ties to secure the child to her bed after she was observed climbing the
cabinets in the kitchen.
Reed stated he did refer to the child as “idiot,” but claimed it was only as a joke.
The pair are each being held on $US500,000 bond and are set to appear in court on August 23.

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