Sandusky police: Woman duct-taped son's face

Sandusky police have charged a woman who allegedly covered her son's face with duct tape as a gag.
Emil Whitis
Feb 20, 2013

The boy's father called police Monday after receiving a disturbing cell phone picture of his 7-year-old son.

The picture came from Tiffany Ennis, 31, of Sandusky, a Sandusky police report said. She is now charged with two counts of child endangering.

“(The mother) sent a picture to (the father) of their child … with his eyes and mouth covered with duct tape,” the report said. “She advised it was funny.”

The father disagreed. Police called the mother, who said “she was playing around with duct tape with her friend and their kids,” the report said.  

The mother said no one was hurt and she was only joking, but police forwarded their findings to the prosecutor’s office, which approved the charges on Wednesday.

For more on the incident and charges, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register.

Comments

KnuckleDragger

It's obvious you are the kids father. Quit posting, you are making yourself look even more ridiculous than this article already does.

Clydegal

It doesn't say the parents are married or even together at all! If his nose had been covered yeah I would have a major problem with this! We wonder why today's youth are so egocentric and all about themselves! What are we the parents allowed to do? I'm not allowed to spank my kid, even if he or she did something to deserve it. I got my butt spanked did it kill me am I oh so traumatized by it??? UM NO!!! This kid was probably just playing with his mom, people need to get a grip!! Unless it comes out that she did something more than put duct tape on his eyes and mouth how is this child abuse I would like to know?

bigsexy

Ummmmmm......you are allowed to spank your child!

And yes, all of these comments are based on a newspaper article, not an official police report.

seriously 1137

I know Tiffany, and her kids and I can say with 100% certainty there was no ill will involved here. I can say the child was not "traumatized for life" because they played around with duct tape and sent a funny pic to daddy!!! I did this crap all the time when I was little probably worse. I can say he probably is going to be traumatized now after his face being blasted on the cover of news outlets all over northern Ohio.
Parents all over this world severly abuse kids, in a number of horrific ways..so I understand (especially in this area lately) that the police aren't taking anything lightly. But that doesn't mean you can throw the book at everything...investigate. This kid is not hurt, the father went way to far...lets save the harsh charges for the multiple low-life parents around that truly don't care for their kids.

Ithink

I agree with you. Yes, they certainly did need to do an investigation (did the police speak to the child ALONE to get his take on the situation?) before charging mom. I don't know any parties in this, but I looked at the mom's Facebook page and my gut instinct tells me that this was just a joke (a very bad one) that received way too much attention. What is the scoop with dad? Are they married, live together, divorcing, etc...? Did he go to the child's house to see and talk with him? Gotta love how a policeman can write his opinion of a situation and give it to the prosecutor, who in turn listens to the police's account and then decides to bring about charges. Did the prosecutor speak to the mom or the child? Geeesh--there are more important things happening in this world than a poor decision that a mom made in jest.

yea right

If this the case arrest the internet

BEHAPPY

I believe it was all in fun and the father is trying to get her in trouble for some reason (does he want full custody?). Looks to me the boy is smiling behind the tape. Tape doesn't even look like it is on tightly. If his nose AND mouth were covered~it might be a different story. I truly believe they were just playing around. If she wasn't, why in the world would she send the picture to the father? To think about what we all did while growing up~LOL~ Were the other mothers that were playing around with them charged? Drop this one and go out after the children (and animals for that matter) who are really getting abused. GOD knows there are many out there! I don't believe it is here.

Mum-of-One

If she sent it to the Father to scare him or to be sarcastic then it worked because he reported it and looking at the picture it is what it is. She should know better than to have fun at her own child's expense. Very bad choice to tape up her child and now there are consequences.

grandmasgirl

I just wonder how easy duct tape is to remove from lips, eyelashes, hair etc.

4shizzle

: )

bigsexy

Put some duct tape on any part of the body where hair is exposed. Not a good or playful time taking it off!

starryeyes83

it'll rip the lips open and anything with hair yowwwssa!

concerned1937

I do know Tiffany! She told me about this herself! It was all in fun intent! The duct tape was only on long enough to snap the picture! If she was trying to hurt the boy would she really take a picture as if to say, Look at what I did? Really, this is blown way out of proprtion....people just need to get a life!!!! She said that the tape didn't even pull any hair out and he was laughing!!!!!

Kelly

Riiiiight because she'd tell you she was abusing her child

JUST US FOR LIBERTY

I seriously doubt a photo would have been taken and and sent via cell if there were any activity that would have caused harm to this boy. The only crime I see with this is the city employees wasting the tax payers money when more important issues deserve the time. The outcome of this fiasco should have a great influence at election time. How can you respect this type of authority?

Kmf1984

If the child was not harmed (by the removal), it was in fun, and the child was a willing participant I really don't see the big deal

24productions

This was all in good fun...the mom probably said, "Good lord, you talk a lot!", then probably followed with, "quiet down, or I'll tape your head shut"...and the boy may have said, " Well go ahead then, mom!"...so, she did this in good fun, all around...then sent a pic. to the dad, as, "Look at this boy. Isn't he a hoot?"...that's were he took it too far. Hey, Buddy?...how about a sense of humor?...Got one?

bigsexy

Maybe a piece of tape across the mouth would be sufficient.

The mom probably said.................nice assumption!

KnuckleDragger

Why not, you are making an assumption that it didn't happen that way. If you are that mad about having to pay child support, why not fight it out in civil court instead of traumatizing your kids by having their mom charged with a criminal act? What a classless, poor example of a father.

seriously 1137

KnuckleDragger, I could not agree with you more. This is so Immature. Fight your battles in court and leave the kids out of it as much as possible!! Its not their fault you chose to have a child with her and it didn't work out!!!! your the joke here

cockynurse

Why don't the police arrest the real criminals?? This is newsworthy? Was there a ransom text also sent to the father we are missing out on? Come on now.

woeISme924

OMG really I know both sides of the family, and I think "daddy" is overreacting! Come on there is a smile on his face and I know for a fact Tiffany loves her kids and would go from hell and back for them! She loves them more than ANYTHING! This is ridiculous! How about we spend our tax money on real crimes like crooked cops, murderers, and what not! this is just stupid! JUST SAYING!!!

2cents

We need to make cell phones illegal, they are dangerous to society, can contain obscene or incriminating material, have the ability to hold more than ten pictures in a storage device and really, "you do not need that much capacity"?
:)

woeISme924

All YOU are doing is tramatizing (spelling?) These kids and they are just going hate you later on in life.

Kottage Kat

The article says " father of their child "
Were they ever married?

Kottage Kat

Clydgal,
Got ahead of your post
Need more caffine

Kat

rickross2

Not a big deal......Sounds like the dad is a crybaby. If the kid would have called for help then maybe, but this is obviously a joke or she wouldnt have sent out pictures....Get real. Let her walk.

Godhelpus44857

Well now the Village Idiots with Children Services can swoop in and steal another kid from his parents. @ Big SEXY:::Would it have been ok with you if the stuff was any other tape then duct tape? Just asking because you said a piece across the mouth was sufficient. I am not advocating the play was in good taste, but clearly the father should have known it was play.My kids and I play and do crazy things all the time and take pictures to send to their Dad....They are called captured memories of fun things we do together that they want to share with their DAD!!!! Maybe I won't send any more pictures of "our fun time" to their Dad....I surely don't want to be arrested for being a parent and interacting with my child on a level other than to correct them.

Julie R.

One would think she could of found a better way to spend some quality time playing with her kids. That had to hurt like heck when it came off!

I

Julie R., sounds like you speak from experience.

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