Denver Woman Allegedly Bound Daughter's Hands Before Bedtime

Authorities say a Denver woman tied her 10-year-old daughter's hands behind her back before bed each night for about a year to keep her from stealing food.

Police arrested 52-year-old Danelle Daunchet on child abuse charges on Jan. 7. She's free on $50,000 bail. She didn't immediately return a telephone message Wednesday.

District attorney's spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough says the girl is in the custody of the Department of Human Services.

Police say the girl told them Daunchet used zip-ties to bind her hands, and that she had to sleep on her back so it wouldn't hurt. The girl said her mother freed her with a knife each morning, and she showed officers marks where she said the knife sometimes cut her.

Daunchet is scheduled to be in court Friday.