Last June, Utah father Sammie Hodges (pictured) was arrested and charged with four counts of child abuse for shackling his 7-year-old son to a bed frame while he went to work. Hodges said he did the deed because he could not afford childcare. He was finally sentenced, according to HJ News.
Hodges, 29, would chain the child with just enough give, so that the boy could go to the bathroom and have access to food and water throughout the course of the day. An anonymous tip to the Cache County police alerted authorities, and when officers appeared at the home, they found the boy with a chain around his ankle.
Reportedly, Hodges had the child’s best interest at heart and only chained him so that he would be safe and not roam around the neighborhood. Police reported that the child looked healthy.
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