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Chaining 6-year-old son? Utah man accused of shackling son, chaining him to bed

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A Utah father was arrested this week after allegations surfaced that he chained his six-year-old son to the bed frame in the boy’s room. The 28-year-old father from Salt Lake City currently sits in Cache County Jail on four counts of abuse. Police, acting on a tip, went to the man’s house while he was at work and found his six-year-old boy shackled to a metal bed frame.

According to a June 11 report from The Associated Press, as carried on ABC News, “Police in Logan, a city about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, went to the home around 11 a.m. Tuesday after receiving an anonymous tip about the abuse. They found the boy home alone with a chain attached to a metal bed frame padlocked to his ankle.”

Gary Jensen, Logan City’s Chief of Police, said that the boy appeared to live alone with his father, but that report was later changed. Names of the boy and his dad were not released. Inside of the room, police said they found that the boy had access to snacks and water, and the chain was positioned at a length that would allow the boy to reach the bathroom.

Says the AP report:

Online state court records show the father was convicted of felony forgery and theft in 2009. He was arrested in 2011 when he broke the terms of his probation.

Jensen said the boy appeared in relatively good health but he was still being evaluated and in the custody of child welfare services.

Stay here for more information as it becomes available.

Update: Police have now identified the father as Sammy Lee Hodges, seen here.

"The child was physically chained to a what I would call a metal pedestal, which holds a box spring and a mattress," Jensen said. "It was a heavy logging style, towing style chain, it was a heavy chain padlocked on each end," Jensen said.

Reports UPI: "Neighbor Ike Buckley said Hodges lived in the home with a woman and four total children, all about 10 years old or younger. He said the children didn't appear to be abused."

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