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Logan man charged with chaining child to bed

Published: Thu, June 12 12:35 p.m. MDT

 Sammie Hodges, 28, was charged with four counts of child abuse, a class A misdemeanor, on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, after Logan police said they found his 6-year-old son chained to a bed while Hodges was at work.

Sammie Hodges, 28, was charged with four counts of child abuse, a class A misdemeanor, on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, after Logan police said they found his 6-year-old son chained to a bed while Hodges was at work.

(Cache County Sheriff's Office)

LOGAN — Criminal charges were filed Wednesday against a Logan father who police say chained his 6-year-old son to a bed while he was at work.

Sammie Hodges, 28, was charged in 1st District Court with four counts of child abuse, a class A misdemeanor.

Police went to the home at 825 N. 1400 East after receiving an anonymous tip Tuesday. Officers said they found the boy chained by his ankle to the bed frame while his father, Hodges, was at work. The boy's chain was long enough to reach the bathroom and some food, according to police.

The child was placed in the care of the Utah Division of Child and Family Services on Tuesday. Investigators said he was physically healthy.

A search of court records indicates Hodges pleaded guilty to simple assault and disorderly conduct in 2008. A domestic violence charge was filed and later dismissed, Utah state court records show. He was also convicted of criminal trespassing in 2006, theft and three counts of forgery in 2009.

— Morgan Jacobsen

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1. happymomto9
Saratoga Springs, UT,
June 12, 2014

very sad situation, but we don't know all the facts.
clearly the person who chained the child was not trying to hurt him. my guess is that they are scrapping to get by. cannot afford child care. and left the child there with his basic needs being met so the parent can get to work without worrying about the child. not great, but i sincerely believe that the best solution is to help the parent, not just take the child away.
very few "abusive" parents are like that because they WANT to be. they may need our love and guidance as much as their child does. (maybe he came from an even more difficult situation)

let's judge less and help more!

2. Laura Bilington
Maple Valley, WA,
June 12, 2014

It takes a village to raise a child.... One wonders how the people in the neighborhood could have not noticed that this child was not in school, wasn't being driven to daycare, didn't have a daytime babysitter..and no parent was home during the day. Why didn't anybody ask questions?

It sounds like the person who tipped off the police knew the child was being chained each day. I'm not expecting that the neighbors knew about the chaining, but surely they should have put two and two together and realized that this kid was unaccounted for during daylight hours.

3. iknewit
logan, UT,
June 13, 2014

to Laura Bilington: Although Sammie probably appreciates you post hoc rationalization of his behavior, not to mention blaming the neighborhood for what he did, I actually know the guy and can tell you you're wrong. He has a job that starts before most people get up in the morning so the neighbors wouldn't notice him leaving without his kid, and he only started chaining him in the house after the school year let out, which only added up to about 10 days. Besides, clearly someone noticed something since we're now reading about him. He may not have been rich, but he may or may not have found ways to supplement his income. wink wink. He was well recognized by the gym he has membership at, which means he had areas of expenditures that could have been cut out to help pay for day care. What he did was stupid and dangerous and no one's fault but his.

4. djofraleigh
raleigh, NC,
June 14, 2014

Where's mom? Where's family? Where's friends? Glad there was no fire to make this story worse.