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NC Couple Accused Of Zip-Tying Daughter’s Ankles, Wrist To Baby Gate

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Photo Of Crime Scene Tape. (Credit: John Li/Getty Images)

Photo Of Crime Scene Tape. (Credit: John Li/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in Raleigh accuse a couple of using zip ties to bind their 4-year-old daughter’s wrists and ankles to a baby gate.

Raleigh police say 26-year-old Gerald Thomas Swinehart pushed or kicked the girl so hard that her lower teeth broke through her lower lip. Police say Swinehart and 28-year-old Marianne Victoria Coffey are accused of using the plastic ties used by electricians to bundle wires to tie the child to the gate.

While arrest warrants say the incidents occurred in all of February and March, the documents don’t say if police believe it happened once or was an ongoing practice.

Swinehart is charged with two counts of intentional child abuse inflicting serious physical injury. Coffey is charged with one count.

The two were scheduled for a court appearance Monday.

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