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Idaho Man Charged With Tying Up Child Pleads Not Guilty

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - A Laclede man charged with hog-tying a 12-year-old boy with Asperger syndrome has denied a felony charge.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports 37-year-old Shane Lee Crawford pleaded not guilty on Nov. 7 to felony injury to a child.

Crawford's defense attorney said the incident was videotaped to document the man's interaction with the boy because the child was prone to exaggerating and he wanted help in dealing with the boy's Asperger-related outbursts. Asperger syndrome is a mild form of autism. The footage was turned over to a counselor, who forwarded it to the authorities.

The boy was tied up on Sept. 22, while Crawford was awaiting sentencing on a misdemeanor child endangerment charge for choking his 15-year-old son in June. Crawford was sentenced to 14 days in jail.

      
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