COPAKE — Two people were arrested on felony charges Saturday following an investigation into a reported child abuse case in Copake, Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K said.
Duane McCaul, 38, and Nellie McCaul, 39, both of Copake, were each charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony, endangering the welfare of a child, and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, both class A misdemeanors, Hicks said.
Court documents list the pair’s address as Pheasant Road.
The investigation claims the pair handcuffed an 8-year-old child to a bed frame on several occasions, and engaged in additional forms of child abuse, Hicks said.
Documents filed in Town of Claverack Court also stated that the two forced the victim to wear soiled underwear on her head, after the victim had urinated in her pants, In another incident, the victim was forced to lay on her back in a kiddie pool for 30 minutes, with her body completely submerged, with only her face above water. She was then forced to perform a number of pushups and jumping jacks.
Court papers say the three incidents took place between June 5 and 8. Police did not disclose the relationship between the two defendants, or their relationship with the victim.
Duane McCaul and Nellie McCaul were arraigned in Town of Claverack Court, before Judge Michael Brandon and released on their own recognizance. They are scheduled to appear in Town of Copake Court on Monday, Hicks said.
The investigation was conducted by state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, from the Livingston barracks, and Columbia County Child protective Services
State Police are asking anyone with information on this case to call them at (845) 677-7300.