James Tapke Put Daughter in Cage, Threatened to Electrocute Her

| by Michael Allen

Cincinnati, Ohio police say that 41-year-old James Tapke placed his 13-year-old daughter in a dog cage and tied her hands and feet with duct tape. Tapke then allegedly threatened to electrify the cage.

Tapke was arrested after his 12-year-old son posted photos of his sister in the cage on Facebook. Adults saw the pictures and called the police.

During a court hearing on Friday and in front of TV cameras outside the court, Tapke's lawyer Christopher Jackson said the incident was all just a joke: "We believe the evidence will eventually show that this was simply some horseplay that ended up, you know, taking pictures. It just doesn't look that funny when you see it in pictures ... Maybe not the best joke in the world, but I believe that's what is going to come out later at trial."