Man locked daughter in cage

Jan. 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM
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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A Springfield, Ohio, father faces one count of child endangerment for allegedly tying up his daughter and locking her in a dog cage, police say.

James Tapke, 41, is being held in Hamilton County jail for allegedly restraining his daughter "in a cruel manner" on Jan. 10.

Court documents say Tapke bound the girl's hands and feet with duct tape, then threw her in a large dog cage and locked her in. He dropped small amounts of water on the girl's face while she was locked in the cage for 20 minutes until her brother let her out.

The girl poured water on her father's head to get back at him. In response, he bound her up and put her back in the cage. He then ordered his son to get an electrical jump pack so he could electrify the cage, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Friday.

Despite threatening several times, Tapke did not attempt to electrify the cage. Instead, he left the jump pack in front of the cage where the girl could see it. During the whole ordeal, Tapke and his son snapped pictures of her and posted them to Facebook.

The ages of the children have not been released and it is unclear who is caring for them while their father is in custody. Child welfare workers are looking into the situation.

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