Utah man accused of chaining 6-year-old son to bed

AP News
Posted: Jun 10, 2014 6:39 PM

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Authorities arrested a Utah man Tuesday after finding his 6-year-old son chained to a metal bed frame while the man was at work.

Police in Logan, a city about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, found the boy home alone Tuesday with a chain attached to a metal bedframe padlocked to the child's ankle.

Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen told The Associated Press that the boy had access to snacks and water and the chain was "just long enough" that the boy could reach the restroom.

Police were still interviewing the boy's father Tuesday afternoon and did not yet know if the abuse had occurred before.

Officials do not believe other children were living in the home, and the child's mother is not believed to have lived there either, Jensen said.

Jensen said the boy appeared in relatively good health but he was still being evaluated and in the custody of child welfare services.

Details about the father have not been released and Jensen didn't have details Tuesday about how long the child had been home alone before officers arrived.

Police went to the home around 11 a.m. Tuesday after receiving an anonymous tip about the abuse.