TAVARES, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Tavares police have arrested a former Lady Lake police officer and his wife for allegedly starving their 11-year-old daughter.

According to the arrest report obtained by CBS Tampa, John and Jacqueline Bailey are accused of locking the refrigerator with chains to keep their daughter from getting food.

The report also says that the girl only had access to a spice rack.

WFTV reports the Baileys put an alarm on her bedroom door so they would know if she snuck out for something to eat.

John Bailey used to be a police officer but is now working as a teacher’s assistant at Tavares High School.

The school district is doing an independent investigation while John is on unpaid leave.

The Tavares Police Department was notified after an initial investigation by the Department of Children and Families reported a female was being mal-nourished at her home.

Police told WFTV that the girl only weighed 40 pounds when she was admitted into Arnold Palmer Hospital.

“My son’s 3 and weighs 40 pounds,” neighbor Karin Carroll told the station.

The police report also said that John made the girl do “strenuous exercise at night so she wouldn’t wake up in the middle of the night to eat.”

The couple has other children. Although there was no sign of abuse on them, they were still placed with family members.

The couple was booked into the Lake County Jail.


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