Couple facing charges after duct taping child

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

House considered unlivable for child, unsanitary

Two Exeter residents are facing child abuse charges for alleged treatment and unsanitary living conditions at a home where four children under the age of 8 were living.

Dennis Wood, 25, and Carrissa Spicer, 24, both of Washburn, are each charged with four counts of abuse of a child.

According to a probable cause report filed by Deputy Chris Hutson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Spicer allowed Wood to duct tape a 5-year-old child's hands behind his back for more than 20 minutes on more than one occasion as punishment.

"When questioned, Dennis stated, 'You do not know how [the 5-year-old] treats me," Hutson said in the statement.

Hutson said Spicer also saw no problem with the conditions of the home the family was in on Farm Road 2183 in Exeter. Hutson said 12-15 cats were living inside the home with the children, and three litter boxes were being kept in the kitchen.

One of the children, 1 year and 2 months old, has a serious medical condition, and Hutson said the living conditions put the child at risk of infection.

Wood is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $75,000, and Spicer is being held on a cash-only bond of $25,000. Both have been arraigned and have disposition hearings scheduled for May 18 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

Spicer has filed for a bond reduction. Neither have a criminal history.

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