On June 12, a judge in Logan, Utah set bail for a Logan father, 28-year-old Sammie Lee Hodges, who was accused of chaining his six-year-old son to a bed during the day while Hodges went to work. Logan City Police, acting on an anonymous tip, found the child home alone and chained to his bed when they went to Hodges’ house on Tuesday.
Police arrested Hodges on Tuesday after making the discovery, according to Fox News. Police say that the boy’s chain was just long enough for him to reach the bathroom. The child was also provided with water and snacks that were within his reach. Chief Gary Jensen of the Logan City Police Department said that the chain bound to the boy’s ankle was a “heavy, tow or logging-style chain.”
Hodges made his initial courtroom appearance on Thursday via closed circuit TV. UPI reported that the Utah dad was charged with four counts of child abuse involving physical injury. The judge set his bail at $10,000. During his initial court appearance, Hodges was assigned a public defender. Hodges asked the judge if he could be represented by another lawyer who had once represented him in another case. The judge denied that request.
Investigators believe he chained his son to the bed post for 10 straight days when he left for work, unchaining him when he got home. The man did general labor for $13 an hour at a company that makes flood-containment systems in Logan, new court records show.
According to HJ News, police entered Hodges’ home through an open window in their effort to come to the boy’s aid. Hodges is currently on parole “for a 2009 conviction on third-degree felony theft and forgery charges in Weber County.”
Police think that Hodges has been chaining his son to that bed every day since the boy’s school let out for the summer. According to Jensen, "The child was physically chained to what I would call a metal pedestal, which holds a box spring and a mattress."
Hodges’ six-year-old son is now under the care of Child Protective Services. CPS is looking into the possibility of the boy being cared for by his biological mom, if she is deemed fit.
Authorities also are exploring whether the father's live-in girlfriend knew about what was going on, Jensen said. She and her children lived with the father in the house. She has not been arrested or charged.
The other children in the house go to day care each day.
Hodges is currently residing at the Cache County Jail and is scheduled to be back in court on June 16. If found guilty on his four counts of child abuse involving physical injury, Hodges could be sentenced to one year in prison per each count. For more on the story, see the video accompanying this article.