Four-Year-Old Abused Arkansas Girl Tells Police She Thought Her Name Was ‘Idiot’

teddy pdHOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Police in Arkansas made a heartbreaking discovery on Friday after being called to a Hot Springs home where a four-year-old girl had been so verbally and physically abused that she thought her name was “Idiot.”

Upon receiving a call from the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center on an abuse tip, they found the child bruised with a black eye and swollen cheek, and dried blood near her mouth. The girl also had bruising on her bottom and legs, as well as marks from being secured to furniture with zip ties.

When officers asked the girl asked the girl for her name, she responded, “Idiot.”

Police soon discovered that the child, who had been living with her mother Jennifer Denen, 30, and Denen’s live-in boyfriend, Clarence Reed, 47, had been regularly called an “idiot” by Reed instead of her birth name.

He also allegedly tied the girl to her bed as a form of punishment, including after he found her climbing on the cabinets.

The police report states that Reed acknowledged disciplining the child with a half-inch wooden paddle, and would call her “idiot,” but asserted that he was only joking in using the pejorative.

Denen acknowledged that she had not sought medical treatment for the girl.

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Cpl. Kirk Zaner, a spokesman for the Hot Springs Police Department, told The Washington Post that six children lived in the house, including an 11-month-old that Denen and Reed conceived together.

Both Denen and Reed were arrested and charged with first-degree domestic battery, permitting abuse of a minor, and first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor. They remain in the Garland County Jail on $500,000 bond and have pleaded innocent to the charges.

According to Arkansas Online, a motion has been filed in Garland County District Court to block prosecution and law enforcement from releasing information about the case prior to trial. Denen and Reed are expected to appear in court on Sept. 27.

The children were all removed from the home and—except for the four-year-old and the 11-month old—were placed with their biological father. The girl and her infant half-sibling remain in the custody of Child Protective Services.

According to the organization Child Help, in 2014, the latest year on record, “state agencies identified an estimated 1,580 children who died as a result of abuse and neglect—between four and five children a day.” An estimated 702,000 abuse cases were confirmed in 2014 alone.

“The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations—losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect,” the organization states.


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  • sammy13

    People like that, well………………

  • ice

    Why is the word in custody of child protective services.
    This is a very sad situation.

  • Amos Moses

    Mat 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

    Mark 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

    Luke 18:19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

    Romans
    3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
    3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
    3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
    3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
    3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
    3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
    3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
    3:17 And the way of peace have they not known:
    3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
    3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
    3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
    3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
    3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
    3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

    • Ambulance Chaser

      I’m sorry, did you have a point you were trying to make?

      • Amos Moses

        Yes ………. but you missed it …………

        • sangrita

          He’s not the only one.

  • Gena B

    What is wrong with people? So sad..

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    So sad. On top of this demonic trend, secular nations’ government and media and education push immorality upon innocent children. Ingredients of happiness are a sacrificial father, a godly mother, and children being loved and protected and allowed to seek what is true and good and right. May King Jesus return very soon…