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Parents charged with duct-taping kids to chairs

Martina and Brian Shiver/Courtesy of Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff's Office Martina and Brian Shiver/Courtesy of Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff's Office

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The two parents who Evansville Police say bound their children to chairs for over ten hours using industrial boxing tape, will make their first court appearance Wednesday.

Police say 25-year-old Martina Shiver and 26-year-old Brian Shiver admitted they beat and neglected their children on a daily basis.

The two are being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail on $50,000 bond each after being arrested Friday.

Police say the father, Brian, tried to cover up the crime by grabbing kitchen scissors and attempting to cut his children free before police noticed. Besides that, police call his and his wife's behavior unphased.

"I've been a police officer for fifteen years, and this is by far one of the most sickening things I've ever seen or come upon," said EPD detective Todd Seibert, who was working off-duty at Woodland Park apartments when he heard a man yelling at a child.

"Detective Seibert heard one of the adults talking about cooking food, and then one of the adults talking about taking the tape off their mouths," said Lieutenant Monty Guenin.

Around 7:15 p.m. police decided to go in, and that's when they found the children. 

Police say the duct tape ran from the waist to the shoulders of both children. They say the tape was so tight that their skin was red with deep compression marks. Officers say the children's parents admitted the children had been tied up for a total of 15 hours over the last two days.

Police say Brian Shiver told them he hit the children daily with a belt, and spanked them until his hands hurt.

"These kids were doing things that two and four-year-olds do...bouncing on the bed and getting into things, which is what young kids do," said Guenin.  "This is what these two adults decided was the appropriate way to keep them from doing that."

Police say Martina Shiver told them she fed the children while they were taped, but didn't change their diapers for several hours.

 "We feel like these parents eventually would have killed these children, we really believe that," said Seibert.  "Taping them up like that for nine and a half hours is a pretty drastic measure."

Guinen says both of the Shivers underwent drug testing, but neither tested positive for any illegal substances.  They are both facing charges including two counts of criminal confinement, two counts of neglect of a dependant, two counts of criminal recklessness and two charges of battery.

Police say the children were transported to a hospital for treatment, and are now in foster care.

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