WATERVILLE, Maine — A Waterville couple is accused of tying one of the children they were baby-sitting to a coffee table because she wasn’t behaving, according to police.
Police were called to a Sherwin Street apartment around 11 p.m. Wednesday after they received a call informing them a 2-year-old girl had been tied up by Martha Blanchard, 49, and Daniel Post, 51, according to Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.
Blanchard and Post had volunteered to baby-sit the toddler and her three male siblings, ranging in ages from 1 to 6 years old, when the trouble occurred, according to Rumsey.
The couple grew agitated with the girl when she kept trying to get into their refrigerator, Rumsey said.
“The way they chose to handle it was taking a 10-foot nylon rope and tying her down to a coffee table in the living room,” Rumsey said.
The helpless child had nowhere to go at that point and Blanchard and Post left her unmonitored, according to Rumsey.
“The rope was bound around her and the coffee table so that she couldn’t get up,” Rumsey said.
Post was so agitated with the child’s behavior that he went to another apartment in the building and informed a female acquaintance what was going on, Rumsey said.
That women went to Post and Blanchard’s apartment and called police when she saw the scene.
“Her clothing had been soiled and she had been there for some time” by the time police arrived, Rumsey said.
Officers contacted the Department of Health and Human Services and interviewed Post and Blanchard, who were cooperative with authorities.
The girl and her male siblings were turned over to their mother’s custody after police determined they were not injured.
After consulting with the district attorney’s office Thursday, police charged Blanchard and Post with endangering the welfare of a child, a Class D misdemeanor, Rumsey said.
Blanchard and Post were not arrested, but face a penalty of up to a year in prison if convicted. They are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 4.