New Hampshire

Man Accused of Chaining Woman to Bed, Locked in With 8-Year-Old Child

A New Hampshire man is accused of chaining a woman to a bed and locking her and an 8-year-old boy in a room while he was at work.

Michael Grant, 33, of Keene, was indicted regarding a May 9 incident at a residence in Swanzey, according to court documents.

Police said they responded after hearing from a Division of Children, Youth and Families worker.

Court records say police found a locked door accessible from the outside. They pried it open and found the woman "chained to the bed's footboard by her ankle" with about 3 feet of slack. The boy wasn't tied down. Investigators said neither could leave.

The indictment says Grant used force to knowingly confine the child in a locked room "for a prolonged period of time," where the child "would have been unable to escape in the event of an emergency and with the only adult present being chained to a bed and unable to provide care for the child."

It’s still unclear how and when the two were set free.

Grant is being held at the Cheshire House of Corrections and is scheduled to be arraigned on June 6 on felony charges of criminal restraint and reckless conduct as well as misdemeanors for child endangerment and domestic violence. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer and a number couldn't be found for him.

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