Crime
Crime

Couple Accused of Binding 4-Year-Old With Duct Tape And Putting Her In A Garbage Bag

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

A 4-year-old girl who soiled herself was allegedly punished by a couple who tied her hands together, stuffed her into a garbage bag and then left her in a cold, dark basement.

Khristopher Newman, 34, and Crystal Lynn Jedrzejek, 31, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, were arrested after the girl was taken to a doctor's office on Nov. 18 with her face, head and body injured, The Tribune-Democrat reported. She was then taken to an emergency room for liver trauma, according to police.

Jedrzejek told officers that the girl had injured herself falling into a bathtub.

On or before Nov. 16, the couple allegedly tied up the girl with duct tape before putting her in a garbage bag and leaving her in the basement, which was unheated.

Police are now investigating the child abuse allegations further. It's unclear whether the victim is related to the couple.

Jedrzejek has been charged with endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and disorderly conduct. She was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Newman has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and disorderly conduct. He remains in custody.

Sources: CBS Pittsburgh, The Tribune-Democrat / Photo credit: Cambria County Prison via CBS Pittsburgh