The Richmond Register

May 17, 2013

Berea couple accused of chaining children into bedroom

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

BEREA — A Berea couple was charged Wednesday after they admitted to using chains and ropes to lock four children into a room, according to Berea police.

Amber Bishop, 25, and her boyfriend, Daniel Isaacs, 28, were charged with first-degree criminal abuse.

One of the children told someone that the door to a bedroom was often chained shut, and the kids were not allowed to leave for hours. They also were not permitted to have bathroom breaks, according to BPD spokesperson Sgt. Jake Reed.

This information was reported to officials with the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and social workers accompanied by BPD officers went to the child’s Morgan Street home Wednesday afternoon to investigate.

At the home, police reported finding the chains and ropes that were used to keep the room’s door secured, Reed said.

Bishop and Isaacs were interviewed by police, and they initially denied the allegations.

“However, they eventually admitted to doing it at times, but only at night,” Reed said.

The children disputed that it was only done at night, telling authorities they were locked in the room at other times.

Two 6-year-olds, a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old lived at the home. State social workers took custody of the children, Reed said.