4-Year-Old Who Thought Her Name Was ‘Idiot’ Deserves Safety and Justice

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Target: Garland County, Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney Harris Terri

Goal: Push for maximum sentence for mother and live-in boyfriend charged with horrendous child abuse.

A 4-year-old girl was found abused and beaten, with bruises, a black eye, scars across her back, and other evidence of mistreatment. The most jarring evidence of all was the girl’s response when a police officer asked her name: “Idiot.”

Police were following up on a call from a staff member at a child advocacy center, who reported a young child who was malnourished and being abused at home. Jennifer Denen and Clarence Reed — the girl’s mother and the mother’s live-in boyfriend — were both arrested, and are being charged with endangering welfare of a minor, permitting abuse of a minor, and domestic battery. According to Denen, she had witnessed her boyfriend use a plastic bat to hit the girl, zip-tie her to the bed as punishment, and frequently refer to her as “idiot” instead of her name. Reed reportedly admitted to doing all of these things, although he made light of the circumstances in which he did them.

This child and her siblings deserve safety and love, and these adults must pay for any crimes they may have committed. Make sure this young girl gets the justice she deserves.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prosecuting Attorney Terri,

An apparently severe case of abuse and neglect was discovered in your area of jurisdiction. A 4-year-old girl, bruised, beaten, and malnourished, thought that her name was “Idiot” after the reportedly terrible treatment she was receiving in her own home.

Her mother, Jennifer Denen, reportedly admitted to her failure to seek medical help after witnessing her live-in boyfriend Clarence Reed refer to her daughter as “Idiot” instead of her name, hit her with a plastic bat, or punish her by zip-tying her to a bed. Reed supposedly admitted to these actions, though apparently he named the girl “Idiot” as a joke and that the plastic bat was a half-inch-thick wooden paddle.

It appears that terrible abuse has taken place, and Reed and Denen seem to be responsible. No 4-year-old deserves to be put through such things, and now she deserves safety and justice. Reed and Denen have been charged with domestic battery, permitting abuse of a minor and endangering welfare of a minor. I urge you to push for maximum sentencing in this case.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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42 Comments

  1. May they both end up in the justice system get jail time and that should just about fix their little red wagons. There should be a register for child abusers as their are for child sex offenders.

    • I totally agree with you on having a Child Abusers to be registered nationwide together with Sex Offenders and Animals Abusers. These kind of SCUMBAGS has to be punished to the extent and be monitored constantly and to let the public be able to access their records thru internet.

  2. Maximum sentencing is most definitely called for in this tragic case of child neglect and abuse. Dennen and Reed must pay for their despicable act of cruelty carried out to this innocent and vulnerable child. Sentencing of these two evil individuals must be severe with long hard sentences in jail. All abusers of people and animals must be treated with the harshest of punishment, no question. I pray and hope that this little girl will recover from such an horrendous ordeal and receive the love and care that she so deserves.

  3. Just take those kids completely away and incarcerate both of them, for good. They don’t EVER deserve to see these kids again, and who is HE. The mother’s boyfriend of course. And is there no real father or family member who cares at all? No one saw this child abused? This is reprehensible.

  4. George Miller says:

    They should receive a mandatory sentence of 50 years (minimum) to life imprisonment. They must be placed in General Population to truly receive their just dues.

    • TRUE. AND HOPEFULLY THEY WILL BE KILLED SO THAT WE DO NOT HAVE TO WASTE OUR TAX DOLLARS ON KEEPING THEM ALIVE – LIKE ALL BULLIES, DOG FIGHTERS, RAPISTS, MURDERERS, AND CHILD MOLESTERS SHOULD BE. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LOWER YOURSELF TO JEWISH LAW LIKE WE DO WHEN WE PUT DEATH ROW INMATES TO DEATH TO HAVE JUSTICE.

  5. I hope they don’t have any other children or even pets in their care.
    This woman should not have any more children, ever, as she has shown she cannot put her child before herself.

  6. Barbara Brown says:

    I was so heart broken when I originally read this story. I live in Ohio and looked up the number for Childrens services and asked them if there was something this poor child needed. They assured me the community had rallied around her and she would be well taken care of. Please sentence these horrible people to every charge that can be brought against them, they deserve the maximum plus 100 more years for treating a child like this. I still get emotional when I think of a child thinking their name is idiot. No one should ever have to endure such treatment.

  7. Lock them up. Sterilize them. And most importantly, let everyone in the prison know exactly what they did and why they are there. What our ridiculously lenient court system won’t do … WILL be done by the other prisoners !!!!!!!

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