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Police: Md. Mother Left Disabled Daughter Handcuffed To Hotel Bed During N.C. Wedding

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GASTONIA, N.C. (WJZ) — It’s a crime that has shocked hotel guests at a Courtyard Marriott in North Carolina. A Maryland mother is accused of leaving her disabled daughter handcuffed to a hotel bed while she was at a wedding reception.

Jessica Kartalija has more.

Tiffany Davis told the judge she has never been in trouble before.

“I definitely did do something stupid that I have never done before,” she said.

Police say she admitted going to a country club wedding in Gastonia, N.C. Saturday, while leaving her 19-year-old daughter cuffed at the ankle to a bed at the Courtyard Marriott.

The daughter has a mental disability. She has the mental capacity of a 3-year-old child. Somehow, she got free and was discovered in the lobby by workers who called 911.

“I can’t allow that little girl to stay in that room,” said the person who called 911.

The manager was stunned when he opened the room door.

“I took her back in the room and ‘Oh my God, there is a leash and handcuff on the floor,’” he told the 911 operator.

He said the girl could not communicate with him.

“I’m a parent so there is absolutely no way I can let that go on,” he said.

Police say when they found Davis at the wedding, she told them, “I know why you are here.”

The child is in the care of social workers.

Davis asked the judge to lower her bond so that she could get out for her kids’ sake.

“I want to work and take care of my kids,” she said.

The judge disagreed and doubled her bond.

Unless Davis can pay the bond, she’ll remain in jail until the arraignment.

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