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Man arrested for chaining troubled daughter for five weeks

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Michael Gilman
A Sharp County man faces charges of false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a minor after he allegedly chained his 11-year old daughter to her bed for five weeks.

Michael Gilman was arrested on Feb. 17 after the daughter called a 911 dispatcher, and had a lengthy conversation about being mistreated.

The Sharp County Sheriff's Department forced entry into Gilman's home on Taylor Road in Ash Flat while he was at work. Gilman's 15-year old daughter released her sister after authorities entered the residence. Officers found the girl had been chained to her bed with a dog cable, with a chain and lock securing the device to her ankle. The report indicates that the child had ample room to move back and forth to the bathroom, and officers said she was not malnourished.

According to a report from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, the children's mother was in New York at the time of the incident and had been there since Feb. 5.

Gilman told authorities his daughter had behavior problems and did not think there was any other manner in which to deal with her behavior other than restraining her.

He told them he had done everything possible to control the child who has been a problem for the last three years.

Gilman also told authorities that his daughter had severe issues in school and could not attend public school because of the behavior.

Gilman explained that his daughter would wander during the night, getting food and going door to door in the neighborhood, making him fearful for her safety.

"Some of the behavior of this child, the family is claiming they can't control, and a lot of what they did was for her safety," said Detective Ken Guidry with the Sharp County Sheriff's Department.

The 11 and 15 year old girls were being home schooled, while the family's six year old son was attending public school at Highland. All three children were placed in the custody of the Department of Human Services following the incident.

Gilman was released from the Sharp County Detention Facility on $1,000 bond, pending his court appearance March 14.

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