A 27-year-old Sarasota man has been arrested for tying up his four-year-old daughter while he played video games in another room.
The sheriff's office has charged Heath Howe with child abuse arrested him at his home Wednesday in the 3400 block of Clark Road.
The girl said she was watching TV a week ago when Howe grabbed her, tied her up with a rope in the kitchen and left her there while he played what was described as "bad video games."
The mother of the child and a friend discovered the little girl when they came home from the gym. However, the sheriff's office said the mother did nothing to help the girl, rather the friend had to untie her.
Deputies said they do not believe this was an isolated incident.
The rope was tied so tight it left marks on the girl's left and right arms, deputies said.
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