Posted: Sep 22, 2010 6:28 PM by Russell Jones, Rob Krieger, Heather Harel
Updated: Sep 22, 2010 7:51 PM
Two people in Holden were arrested after deputies said they found an 11-year-old girl seriously underweight and chained to a desk in their home.
Perry Rushing with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said they were investigating an anonymous tip when they discovered the abuse and arrested the girl's father, 33-year-old Donald E. Miller III, and his girlfriend, 32-year-old Lisa Faber.
Rushing said starting in June 2010, the couple would chain the girl to the desk for hours, sometimes overnight, and she was forced to eat and do schoolwork at the desk. He also said she had been beaten on more than one occasion by her father, including having her face slammed into the desk so hard, she chipped a tooth. When she was taken to a hospital by authorities, doctors found she only weighed 56 pounds due to serious malnourishment.
Authorities said Faber knew about the abuse but did nothing to stop it and was charged accordingly.
The girl will be placed into protective custody after she recovers; a 12-year-old boy and 10-month-old child at the residence were placed with family members.
Miller faces charges of battery and cruelty to a juvenile, as well as false imprisonment, while Faber faces charges of being a principal to cruelty of a juvenile and false imprisonment.
Photos courtesy of Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office.