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Garner woman accused of tying children's bedroom door with rope

Posted July 23, 2013

— A Garner woman was arrested Monday after she allegedly used a rope to tie shut the door to her young children's bedroom.

Lt. Chris Clayton, with the Garner Police Department, said the discovery was made Monday when a social worker made an unexpected visit to Kristina Jean Crawford's home.

The social worker was unable to get an adult to answer the door and made contact with the two children through a window, Clayton said. That's when she noticed the children had no way out of the room.

An arrest warrant for two counts of misdemeanor child abuse accuses Crawford, 27, of 105 Cedar Lane, of "securing the bedroom door closed with rope so the door could not be opened."

She was released from police custody on a $10,000 bond and has a court date scheduled for Aug. 8.

Clayton couldn't comment on whether the children remain in Crawford's custody, but, as a condition of her release, she is not allowed to be alone with any child under the age of 16.

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  • Alexia Jul 31, 5:36 p.m.

    "you're causing them pain (more than a yelp), you're in the wrong!!!" --Nephesh Kai

    Gee, I guess I know many who are "in the wrong". When I was a kid, I got spanked with switches, belts, and bare hands. I can't recall any not being painful. I even got hosed down with cold water from a water hose. By and large, I think I turned out OK.

    Sometimes, kids need to be spanked. A spanking is not necessarily bad. My mother will swear each one effectively corrected a bad behavior on my part. I have no doubt she's telling me the truth.

    As for typing a bedroom door shut, I see nothing wrong with that. If I was grounded and told to go to my room, I would expect I have to go to my room. If I left, I'd expect to get spanked. Perhaps this lady's approach was to just ensure the kids do not leave? I'd say that's nicer than the spanking.

  • pja1357 Jul 31, 2:37 p.m.

    No excuse whatsoever for this to happen. I pray she is never allowed around these kids again. Put her away and throw away the key.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 26, 5:42 p.m.

    Sunblazn - "Details have been left out....locked up in a bedroom with 2 small potty's in each corner of the room, mother is a KNOWN drug user, heroin at that (her mug shot says it all), children were NAKED, and from what I have heard, NEVER fed! Also, these poor kids have not received immunizations and are dosed regularly with cough syrup at night to babysit for the mother while she does drugs!"

    How do you know that for a certainty?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 26, 5:41 p.m.

    firefalcon100 - "DSS does not have a right to take my kids away just because i might spank them for misbehaving."

    So far, I have to see any DSS or CPS step up and define exactly what they think is acceptable versus unacceptable with regard to spanking.

    When I was a registered Nanny, I gave parents these guidelines because there are some children who don't react to stickers, restriction and time out. You simply have to get their attention to teach them right from wrong, or let them go to heck in a handbasket, one or the other.

    1. If you swat them more than once;

    2. If you swat them somewhere other than on the behind; or

    3. If you swat them when you're angry...

    STOP, because you may be entering fields of abuse!!!

    Discipline is to teach them appropriate versus inappropriate behavior and the rewards and consequences of each. It's NEVER to cause pain, so if you're causing them pain (more than a yelp), you're in the wrong!!!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 26, 5:37 p.m.

    Was there anything else?

    Cause this is little worse than using a baby gate to keep them safe.

    Perhaps she's a hard sleeper and doesn't awake easily.

  • Common_Sensey Jul 24, 5:47 p.m.

    "However, DSS does not have a right to take my kids away just because i might spank them for misbehaving"

    Actually, DSS can check for bruising and if they think the spanking was "too hard", they can charge abuse.

  • LastSon1981 Jul 24, 1:21 p.m.

    DSS does not have a right to take my kids away just because i might spank them for misbehaving.
    firefalcon100

    Spanking is frowned upon not illegal if you spank your kids to the point that DSS thinks they need to be taken away then maybe they need to be taken away. Not saying that you do because I don't know you just saying that normally they don't do enough and kids go through things they shouldn't have too

  • firefalcon100 Jul 24, 12:24 p.m.

    the problem i see is the with the DSS is the overstepping of their authority in families lives. It's big government at it's worst. Yes i agree that in many cases some parents are too stupid to be parents. that is because many of them were parents at too early an age. However, DSS does not have a right to take my kids away just because i might spank them for misbehaving. I spank them and suddenly i am labeled a child abuser instead of a caring parent whose correcting a child and they rip the kids away. That isn't right, and it certainly was not the original intent of the program.

  • healls Jul 24, 11:43 a.m.

    paulmandl, you obviously have no idea what you're talking about. DSS has EVERY right to intervene, by law, to protect children and insure their safety. What if that house caught on fire and the children couldn't get out because they were locked in that room? As someone else mentioned, there are probably many more details that WRAL has not reported. Because of confidentiality, DSS can't speak about the details of the case to the media.

    You are probably one of those who would be screaming at the top of your lungs for justice if something happened to one of those children and asking "Why didn't DSS do their job?!". DSS simply cannot win no matter what they do, someone will always be unhappy with their decisions. It's a TOUGH job with low pay and I can say this from experience. I commend the social worker for doing her job and doing it well.

  • sunblazn Jul 24, 10:42 a.m.

    Details have been left out....locked up in a bedroom with 2 small potty's in each corner of the room, mother is a KNOWN drug user, heroin at that (her mug shot says it all), children were NAKED, and from what I have heard, NEVER fed! Also, these poor kids have not received immunizations and are dosed regularly with cough syrup at night to babysit for the mother while she does drugs! This is awful! Article says she has been investigated since May, absolutely she has the right to show up unannounced and THANK GOD she did! I commend this social worker for her efforts to SAVE these poor kids! If you have any doubts on whether this lady did her job wrong then I suggest to you, go sit in on her hearing to see the evidence that is brought against her! Shame on you for the people in this comment thread that think this is a joke, you ought to be ashamed! I wish these little girls well that they find a good home, together!

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