GIBSON COUNTY, TN (WMC) - A 15-year-old boy faces criminal charges after police said he bound his two younger sisters with duct tape.
Some have called these pictures of a two-year-old and a 6-month-old duct taped shocking. Others, however, said their 15-year-old brother deserves a break because all siblings pick on each other.
However, law enforcement said charges are being filed and the actions went too far.
Gibson County Sheriff's Office said the 15-year-old now faces aggravated child abuse charges.
Monday, a disturbing picture surfaced showing a 2-year-old girl hogtied and duct taped on a bed. Another picture showed a 6-month-old girl with her hands duct taped together.
Investigators talked with the 15-year-old. He admitted to duct taping his sisters, but said it was all part of a joke.
"There's always things in any investigation that's not released to the public, not released to the press. They just have to understand the district attorney was provided with all of the facts that we had and the decision was made to charge...based on what we had. I feel like that's appropriate," Sheriff Paul Thomas said.
Thomas said the family has been cooperating with the investigation and said he has not had any problems with them in the past.
"Some of my deputies may have run across them in passing for one reason or another, but nothing that's been major. Not that's been brought to my attention," Thomas said.
The Tennessee Department of Children's Services confirmed they are involved with the case and said they have not had any dealings with this family in the past.
Sheriff Thomas said he believes the two girls are safe as long as the 15-year-old brother is out of the house. He said he believes the 15-year-old probably needs counseling, but if the child is convicted of the charges he now faces, the sheriff said he believes he should be incarcerated--if for no other reason than to keep him away from the girls.
Investigators said the 15-year-old is not currently staying with his sisters. His court date has not been set.