Police Parents DuctTaped Children

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Monday, February 28, 2011 - 3:56pm

Couple accused of keeping children taped to chairs for hours at a time.

Two Evansville, Indiana parents are in the Vanderburgh County Jail after Evansville Police say they bound their children to chairs using industrial boxing tape.

Police say 25-year-old Martina Shiver and 26-year-old Brian Shiver admitted they beat and neglected their children on a daily basis.

Police say the father, Brian, tried to cover up the crime by grabbing kitchen scissors and attempting to cut his children free before police noticed.

"I've been a police officer for 15 years, and this is by far one of the most sickening things I've ever seen or come upon," said Detective Todd Seibert.

Seibert was working off-duty at Woodland Park apartments when he heard a man yelling at a child.

Police decided to go in, and that's when they found the children.

Police say the duct tape ran from the waist to the shoulders of both children.

They say the tape was so tight, their skin was red with deep compression marks.

Officers say the children's parents admitted the children had been tied up for a total of 15 hours over the last two days.

Police say Brian Shiver told them he hit the children daily with a belt, and spanked them until his hands hurt.

"These kids were doing things that 2 and 4-year-olds do. Bouncing on the bed and getting into things, which is what young kids do. This is what these two adults decided was the appropriate way to keep them from doing that," said Lt. Monty Guinen.

Police say Martina Shiver told them she fed the children while they were taped, but didn't change their diapers for several hours.

"We feel like these parents eventually would have killed these children, we really believe that. Taping them up like that for nine and a half hours is a pretty drastic measure," said Detective Seibert.

Lieutenant Guinen says both of the Shiver's underwent drug testing, but neither tested positive for any illegal substances.

They are both facing charges including two counts of criminal confinement, two counts of neglect of a dependent, two counts of criminal recklessness and two charges of battery.

Police say the children were transported to a hospital for treatment and are now in foster care.
 

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