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Doctor and lawyer lock up 12-year-old girl in playhouse and restrain her hands with zip ties because she is a danger to the family

By Mason White 1:56 PM January 11, 2016
Eugenio Erquiaga and Victoria Erquiaga 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A doctor and his lawyer wife were arrested on a charge of child abuse after allegedly confining their daughter to a playhouse and tying up her hands and feet, police in Florida said.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested 51-year-old Eugenio Erquiaga and 53-year-old Victoria Erquiaga, after telling investigators that they locked up the 12-year-old girl because she posed a threat to other children in the home.

The couple was charged with aggravated child abuse. They were booked into jail, and bail was set at $5,000 each.

According to the police investigation, the girl approached a neighbor’s home with zip tie around the hands and ankles. She told the neighbors that she had been bound and left alone at home.

The couple told investigators that the girl was prone to violent outbursts and needed to be contained to protect seven other children in the home.

The 12-year-old girl, who was adopted, was part of a large group of biological and adopted children at the home. Besides two other adopted children, the family also includes four biological children from five to 13 years old.

The two other adopted children are in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, but police said that none of them have reported abuse or neglect.