A Madison grand jury has indicted a Berea couple who police say chained their children’s bedroom door shut and wouldn’t allow them to leave for hours, not even for bathroom breaks.
Amber L. Bishop, 25, and her boyfriend, Daniel S. Isaacs, 28, were indicted June 19 on three counts of first-degree criminal abuse allegedly for subjecting their children to “cruel confinement,” according to the indictment.
Each count is for the three children who were locked up, including a 6-year-old and two 5-year-olds.
Bishop and Isaacs face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
Berea police began their investigation in May after one of the children told someone that the door to the their bedroom often was chained shut, and they were not permitted to go to the bathroom to relieve themselves, according to a BPD report.
Social workers accompanied by BPD officers went to the child’s Morgan Street home on May 15, and they reported finding ropes and chains that were used on the bedroom door, the report stated.
Bishop and Isaacs initially denied the allegations, but later admitted to police they did chain the door shut at times, but only at night, according to the BPD investigators.
The children told police they were locked up during the daytime as well.
State social workers took custody of the children after Bishop and Isaacs were arrested.
Both Bishop and Isaacs pleaded not guilty to the charges at their arraignment. They are scheduled to appear 1:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Madison Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing.
The couple was released May 23 from the Madison County Detention Center each each paid 10 percent their $5,000 cash bonds.
Other indictments handed down in June:
• Kimberly Ann Smith, 30, first-degree possession of controlled substance (oxycodone).
• Misty L. Wilson, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), third-degree possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) and possession of drug paraphernalia (straws and pill container).
• Joseph E. Schalk, 36, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), two counts of second-degree possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone and buprenorphine), possession of drug paraphernalia (smoking pipe) and possession of marijuana.
• Kevin M. Taylor, 24, theft of a controlled substance (hydrocodone and morphine) and second-degree persistent felony offender (previous convictions in Fayette Circuit Court for second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary).
• Mark A. Mink, 21, second-degree forgery.
• Robert L. King, 37, two counts of theft by unlawful taking (less than $10,000) and theft by unlawful taking (less than $500). King is accused of stealing two Yamaha saxophones from two people and a King trumpet from Eastern Kentucky University.
• Glenn Douglas Cox, 36, three counts of theft by unlawful taking (less than $10,000) and first-degree persistent felony offender. Cox is accused of stealing two Acer computers, a JBI Soundbar and a Vizio television from Walmart.
Charges dismissed without prejudice following a no true bill:
• Boyd N. Neeley
• Chadwick R. Stephens, 30
• William C. Courtney, 39
Grand jury indictments do not indicate guilt, only that grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to proceed with prosecution.