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Couple Charged After Girls Found Tethered

September 19, 2000|Associated Press

DES MOINES — A couple have been arrested and accused of keeping their two daughters tied up in a motel room while they worked at night.

Police said the girls, aged 10 and 5, wore harnesses that were tied to furniture with leashes.

Det. Brian Danner said the children appeared to be healthy.

Donald Ray Melton Jr., 26, and Kimberly E. Melton, 27, were charged Sunday with child endangerment and were being held on $13,000 bail. They were arrested at the Wal-Mart where they worked.

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