Police: Father bound daughter with duct tape, locked her in dog cage

James Tapke (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
James Tapke (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A father is behind bars after police say he locked his 12-year-old daughter in a dog cage.

James Tapke, 41, is charged with one count of endangering children.

According to court documents, Tapke restrained his daughter's hands and feet using duct tape, then locked her in a large dog cage. While she was in the cage, he dropped small amounts of water on her face.

In court Friday Tapke's attorney, Christopher Jackson, said the whole incident was meant to be a joke. Jackson said "I believe this was a joke that got out of control. This is why his son, who is 13, posted the pictures on facebook as a joke after this happened....maybe not the best joke in the world, but I believe that will come out in trial."

Police were alerted after a concerned parent saw photos of the girl in the cage on facebook and called the Hamilton County department of Job and Family Services.

The photos have since been removed.

The girl was in the cage for about 20 minutes until her brother let her out. She then retaliated against her father by pouring water on her father's head and in his ear.

Tapke then bound his daughter again with duct tape and put her back in the cage. He had his son get an electrical jumper pack from the garage and threatened to electrify the cage so she couldn't escape again.

Tapke eventually let his daughter out of the cage, and her grandmother helped her get the duct tape off.

James Tapke was arraigned Friday morning and had his bond set at $50,000. Matt Broo with the Hamilton County Prosecutors office asked for a high bond, noting the seriousness of the crime. Broo said "12-year old daughter restrained in a cage.. duct taped in the mouth and the hands. Jokes about electrifying.. completely unacceptable... we're asking for as high a bond as you can set on this matter."

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