A 21-year-old Pennsylvania mother is being charged with child endangerment after gagging and binding her two-year-old daughter with duct tape.
Caira Ferguson was using photos to try and prove her identity had been stolen when she showed authorities a picture of herself posing next to the bound toddler.
According to Chester Township Police, Ferguson also posted the horrific image on the internet. The photo shows Ferguson's diapered child tied to a blue plastic chair with duct tape around her arms, legs, chest and mouth.
Police were searching Ferguson's home Wednesday because of outstanding warrants when they discovered the plastic chair with shreds of duct tape still stuck to it. The young mother was arrested shortly afterward.
In addition to child endangerment charges, prosecutors are also seeking false imprisonment and unlawful restraint charges.
As she was escorted from the courthouse Thursday, Ferguson told a local NBC affiliate that she was innocent. "I did not duct tape my daughter," she said.
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Ferguson's father, Ira Ferguson, insists that his daughter is not abusive. "My daughter is a very loving daughter, very loving mother, very loving friend to me and all her family," he said.
Ferguson is currently being held without bail, and her daughter is in the custody of child welfare officers.
Last October, a teen mom and her boyfriend were arrested in Nebraska for child abuse after carrying out a similar scheme, affixing their 22-month-old child to a wall with duct tape. Both spent time in jail for the offense.