Raleigh Couple Accused Of Zip-tying Child To Baby Gate

A couple is facing child abuse charges after police say they used plastic zip ties to bind their four-year-old to a baby gate.

Raleigh police say 26-year-old Gerald Thomas Swinehart and 28-year-old Marlaine Victoria Coffey are accused of tying the child to a gate by her wrists and ankles, with plastic ties normally used by electricians.

Police also say Swinehart pushed or kicked the girl so hard her lower teeth broke through her lower lip. The four-year-old is in the custody of social services.

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