Man tied up 3-year-old with duct tape, police say

James Franklin Miller

ENOLA, Pa. (WHTM) – A Cumberland County man is accused of using duct tape to tie up a toddler, according to documents.

James Franklin Miller, a 32-year-old Enola resident, was charged last Monday in the October incident.

The guardian of the 3-year-old involved, Amy Rose, reported to police that on Oct. 1 Miller used duct tape to tie up her 3-year-old grandson. She stated at least one tissue was put in the child’s mouth while he was tied up, an affidavit of probable cause states.

Rose reported she went to bed early that night while staying in Miller’s home. She was told by Miller the next morning the toddler was acting up so he used duct tape to restrain him, according to documents.

Rose noticed abrasions on the child’s wrists after the incident, documents state.

The East Pennsboro Township Police Department and Cumberland County Children and Youth Services began an investigation.

Police said a series of text messages between Rose and Miller revealed that Miller hoped he could be forgiven and that he is sorry for what he did.

One of Miller’s own children was interviewed about the incident and reported to police that Miller tied the toddler’s hands together behind his back and tied his ankles together, all with duct tape. The child kept falling off the couch because he was tied up and left there after Miller went upstairs, according to an affidavit. Miller’s child stated he used a knife to remove the tape and stayed with the 3-year-old for the remainder of the night.

Miller was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, endangering the welfare of children and simple assault. He posted $10,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing for Miller has been set for Monday.

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