A man who was charged with child endangerment and abuse for allegedly chaining his 7 year old son to a bed while he went to work was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 30 days of house arrest.
The father reportedly said he couldn’t afford childcare services while he went to work and didn’t want his son running around the neighborhood. Although the child was not injured by the heavy chain that was secured to his ankle, and the boy had access to water, snacks, and the bathroom, the prosecutor said the father’s actions “absolutely rose to the level of child abuse” according to the Herald Journal.
The child has since been placed in foster care, and the Associated Press is withholding the father’s name to avoid identification of the child.
In addition to the jail and house arrest sentences, the father was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and will be required to enroll in anger management and parenting classes. After the father spends the holiday with his son, he is expected to report to jail on December 26.
If you or a loved one is charged with child endangerment or abuse, contact Irvine criminal lawyer Staycie R. Sena immediately at (949) 477-8088.