Atty. for couple accused of locking child in closet: This is a misunderstanding | News
CANTON, Ga. -- A Cherokee County couple charged with locking a 9-year-old girl in a closet insists it was all a misunderstanding.
11Alive was there as the couple faced a judge for the first time on Saturday where a heavy bond was put in place.
Each had bond set at $64,000. On top of that, the judge said they were not to contact the 9-year-old girl they’re accused of locking in the closet.
As soon as she saw the 11Alive camera, Amy Davis hid her face – the same with boyfriend Charles Ellison.
But they couldn’t hide from the serious allegations.
They’re charged with cruelty to children and false imprisonment.
Canton Police said Davis and Ellison were at court this week when they locked Davis’s daughter in the closet.
“She was locked in there by a walker that was folded up and keeping her from getting out,” an officer said.
Davis and Ellison remained silent during their entire arraignment.
A court-appointed attorney argued this was all a misunderstanding and that Davis and Ellison should have a reduced bond.
Prosecutors, on the other hand, were pushing for a stiffer penalty.
The judge said neither of the defendants had an extensive criminal history.
Davis’s daughter and a 17-year-old boy who was staying at the apartment are both now in Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFACS) custody.