Police: Mom Used Zip Ties To Bind Daughter

Girl Tells Police Hands Were Bound To Keep Her From Eating

A Denver mother is accused of regularly using plastic zip ties to restrain her 10-year-old daughter to keep her from eating.

Danelle Daunchet, 52, was charged on Jan. 12, with felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and two misdemeanor counts of child abuse.

The charges, filed by the Denver District Attorney's office, allege Daunchet used the plastic ties to tie her daughter's hands behind her back before bed time to keep her from "stealing" food. The girl hands were bound while she slept on her side.

The girl told police that her mother removed the plastic ties with a knife, which sometimes cut her or poked her.

Court documents indicate a doctor who examined the girl said there was a substantial risk the victim will suffer serious, permanent disfigurement as a result of being bound.

Daunchet posted a $50,000 bond and will be formally advised of the charges against her on Friday.

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