Two Ohio parents were arrested and charged last week after police discovered they locked their 15-year-old daughter out of the house for two months and made her live in a shed. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Douglas L. Sherman and Kim Sherman were punishing the girl because she tried to sneak into their room to use a computer.
The girl brought attention to her parents' cruel punishment when, after two months in the shed, she slipped a note under her neighbor’s door. In the note, the girl asked for food and help. The girl asked the neighbor to meet her outside and to not tell her mother.
After the meeting, the neighbor called the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department and asked them to investigate. Deputies were shocked when they looked inside the shed.
For two months, the girl slept on a bed of cement blocks. The shed had no lights, no running water and no toilet. The shed’s roof, if you can call it that, was made of cardboard and propped up with plywood. The girl was never allowed to eat with her family and was forced to perform manual labor over the two-month span.
Deputies immediately arrested Douglas and Kim Sherman. Douglas Sherman was charged with felony child endangering and intimidation, telephone harassment, and menacing. Kim Sherman was charged with felony child endangering. Both parents pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Kim Sherman may face another charge for threatening the neighbor that reported the abuse. Following the sheriff department's investigation, she reportedly called the neighbor and said, “Payback's a bitch, bitch.”
The Sherman’s have a preliminary court date this Friday. The case is expected to eventually be presented before a grand jury. The daughter and her brother are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.