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.


Julie R.

No, I don't speak from experience. It's called common sense.


I have a documented hospital report of my ex-wife doing drugs with my son and she was never brought up on charges and never even drug tested. Which is the protocol for children service's. And this mother gets arrested. LOL Give me a break !!! Is someone trying to get a raise or some brownie points for doing so. Tax payer's money hard at work for us people.


You bring up a good point, but I think the reasoning is what happened with the Vermillion family that had the one child die.
I do not agree with what this mother did, but CPS is also going to be very agressive IMO because many feel they dropped the ball in the Vermillion case.




No one knows the whole story except those that were in the house. I know both people and the mom of the 11 year old child. The mom and the other child did not find it funny, even though the paper said she did. I heard Tiffany's side. But I also listened to the other child and her mother's side. The whole story is not printed. No Tiffany did not mean harm, it was a stupid act. But this is not a funny situation and people need to grow up. There are other ways to have fun. On a side note: if you rip a band-aide off you take hair. If you rip off duct tape you will also. Why don't you people who find it funny try it on yourself and tell me how YOU feel?

Only on the beach

just not sure what to think about this. Maybe playing. I could see maybe 1 strip of tape across his mouth or eyes but it likes she wrapped a whole roll of tape around his head. And didnt she consider how this was going to feel when being removed? even if they were just playing. My other thought is the dad didnt find it funny and had concerns so he must have thought she was capable of causing their son harm or distress or else he wouldnt have called the police. I hope for the boys sake it is all a misunderstanding and he was having fun with his mom.

Only on the beach

Of course I don't know the dad so he could be someone who trying to destroy the mom and saw this as his chance. In that case the mom should not have given him the opportunity.


Maybe maybe maybe, assume assume assume, speculate speculate speculate...


So if it rips a little hair out, that only hurts for a few minutes. If his mom is locked up in jail, don't you think the hurt would be alot more severe? You are talking about traumatizing the child? My suggestion is to drop the case....persueing it will only traumatize him more!


This is my point, it should not have got to the point of ripping hair out and the child hurting even "for a few minutes". Her doing it was stupid and immature. Like I said before I know everyone involved and in the end this should not have happened. Look at the picture, I do not see anything funny. The picture makes me sick and upset. Yes the children being would be traumatizing and because I know her I do not think she meant harm. I also do not see anything funny about it either. If I were the father I would have also went to the police.


Are we really debating why a mother who duct taped her kid up and sent a picture to the father is being charged with child endangering?
I don't care if you know the mother, or the father, or if you think it was done in "fun", it's not right.
Would it have been different if the father did this? Yes, it would have. Either way it was wrong and the father did what he needed to do.
And, to the poster yapping about child support,vhis child support is not going to stop because of this, so your argument is not valid.

seriously 1137

Child support would stop when's he's seeking full custody


Again you are wrong. Seeking full custody takes months to years depending on the type of the case. They don't stop child support just because you ask the court for custody. Now if he WINS custody of the child, then child support would be stopped.
And honestly him getting custody would not be for sure in Erie county.

he said she said

I do not think this is funny. When I first saw the picture I almost vomited. Does the mother not realize that there are children and adults that are in real life danger being kidnapped and held hostage this way?

I think the father did the right thing. Get a police report so if something does seriously happen to these children, they know where to start.

Sure the kids are gonna think it's funny and in good fun. Kids think South Park is funny too....


If you study the photo, it seems there is a mirror in front of him. He appears to be having fun, and most likely (assuming again...right?) he was compliant with "how much" tape was being applied. My 6 year old would've told me to keep going with the tape.


Was this lady stuck on stupid or what? Can you imagine removing it? OUCH


I put handcuffs on my kid because we were playing cops and robbers in my house...I suppose Im a bad parent now.

Ban Duct tape. lol


This picture would be especially alarming to the parent who is not with the children. To all the people on here who think it was some good fun. You all need a reality check. This is what happens to kidnap victims and victims of abuse. Taking a picture of a child like this is cause for concern. It's not funny, it's not good fun. There is something very very wrong with the "Mother" who did this and with the people who think it is fun to take a picture of a child taped up like this. Who could possibly enjoy this picture?