Father who chained his 7-year-old son to a bed while he was at work because he couldn’t afford daycare gets 30 days in jail

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A Utah father will serve 30 days in jail and 30 days of house arrest for chaining his 7-year-old son to a bed while he was at work.

State Judge Brandon Maynard insisted on jail time Monday despite a recommendation from prosecutors that 29-year-old Sammie Hodges from Logan only serve house arrest.

The judge said he didn’t want to keep father and son apart, though.

‘My goal is not to undermine reunification efforts with your son, but rather to reinforce making good parenting decisions,’ Maynard said.

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2 thoughts on “Father who chained his 7-year-old son to a bed while he was at work because he couldn’t afford daycare gets 30 days in jail”

  1. Where is the man’s wife?
    Obviously he is taking care of his son by himself.
    Where is the man’s mother? Probably out of state.
    Been there. I raised 3 boys all by myself for a while.
    I do not doubt that he is between a rock and a hard place. He has my sympathy. The judge on the other hand has never been in that situation or he would have handled it a little bit different. The father was concerned about the son getting into trouble while he worked. There was no malice involved. God save me from do-gooders. They are the devil’s very own. What the judge should have done was to arrange supervision for the child while the man worked. I don’t suppose he would have handled the situation different if the man was white? As it is the child is in foster care? You have any idea what that means? Whether or not the care is valid? The state reputation for foster care isn’t exactly spotlessly clean.

    Ended up giving a teenager(17) a room in return for helping run the household and keep the place clean. He also helped me raise the boys.
    He had a bad situation at home with an ill-tempered father. The exchange worked for both of us.
    All three boys became Christians. I have 9 grandchildren.
    It is awful easy to second guess that judge and in all fairness he makes decisions every day that I would not sleep at nights making.
    He has at least 12 years experience judging people and law background. I have none. That there are extended circumstances here was not brought out very well in the article.
    Now if he was just a good man and went on welfare . . . instead of working for a living, what would have been different?
    My point is we have a do-gooder agency or two involved in cases like this. Children’s services being one. They have an enormous amount of power over the public and I am not sure just who watches them to make sure they do not abuse that power.
    Their rules often contradict good common sense. I have seen the psychology texts they use on children. In a lot of cases it simply does not work.
    Tough love is the hardest thing to do with a child. One must never act in anger. Yet one must always guide the child in the right direction.
    There have to be consequences for bad behavior, yet the consequences must never be too harsh that the child is left with bad memories for life.
    This father was concerned mostly about his child being unsupervised and did something about it. Unfortunately, the people he ran across in the process did not understand his situation at all.

    • Yes, let’s all blame this situation on the child’s mother and grandmother for “not being there” instead of blaming it on the one adult who WAS there. Then, let’s throw in how bad the child protective services are because they want to protect a child.

      This man will unfortunately serve in future custody trials for why fathers should not be allowed primary custody. And that is a rotten shame, because some fathers are actually capable of handling the load… quite unlike this bondage enthusiast.

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