Ohio dad accused of caging daughter pleads guilty

Apr 25, 2012, 4:55 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) – An Ohio man accused of duct-taping his 12-year-old daughter, putting her in a dog cage and threatening to electrify it has pleaded guilty to attempted unlawful restraint.

A court official in Cincinnati says 41-year-old James Tapke (TAP’-kee) of Springfield Township was sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge on Tuesday.

Authorities say Tapke shut his daughter in the cage Jan. 10 as punishment after binding her hands and feet with the duct tape.

The prosecutor’s office has said the girl spent only minutes in the cage and was not injured.

Tapke’s attorney says Tapke claimed it was a joke that got out of hand.

The girl lives with her paternal grandparents and Tapke has no custody rights.

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Ohio dad accused of caging daughter pleads guilty