Man Charged With Chaining Toddler
Associated Press, October 3, 2001

MONROE, Conn. (AP)- A man has been charged with chaining his 3-year-old daughter to a 25-pound bucket of dog food as punishment for sneaking a piece of bread.

Police said Carl Corbett, 24, left the toddler chained to the dog food for several days and shaved her head.

Corbett was charged Tuesday with risk of injury to a minor and second-degree unlawful restraint. Police said Corbett admitted chaining his daughter to the bucket.

The girl's siblings told officials that when Corbett found out the toddler ate a slice of bread, he tied another slice around her neck and ordered the other children to yell at her.

Police said Corbett punished the older children for not watching the younger girl by forcing them to do calisthenics all night. Corbett then chained the younger girl into a harness and tied it to the bucket of dog food, police said.

The other children told police they had to drag the bucket so their sister could go to the bathroom.

Corbett was ordered held on $250,000 bond. He was being represented by a public defender, but the public defender's office would not comment.

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