Dad Lassos Up His Kid To Get Some Game Time

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Florida man allegedly ties up 4-year-old daughter so he can play video games 

I guess it’s not surprising that another case of shitty parenting comes to you from that toilet to the south, Florida, where they’re really trying their damnedest to become the Bad Breeding Capitol of the World. Sarasota dad, 27-year-old Heath Howe, was in dire need of some video game carnage and as luck would have it, he was stuck with his 4-year-old daughter while her mother was gone to the gym with a friend. So what’s a guy to do when he’s got a kid to deal with, but wants to get in some alone time with his game box? Why, tie the kid up and leave her in the kitchen alone, that’s what.

According to what’s been reported, Howe’s daughter was watching television when the craving for gaming hit, so he grabbed her and tied her up in rope, leaving her in the kitchen by herself while he played what the little girl called “bad video games”.  I didn’t come across how long the girl was left tied up, but, regardless of the duration, it was too long and shouldn’t have happened at all. All this is enough to condemn this “daddy” to the halls of poor parenting purgatory, but we can’t throw him there yet because we haven’t gotten to the woman that bears half the child-rearing responsibilities with this bad pop. That’s right, even mommy plays a part in this case. Come on, it’s Florida; of course you were expecting that.

It seems when the mother returned home from the gym with her workout buddy in tow, mom walked right past her tied up tot like it was the norm. The mother’s friend actually ended up freeing the 4-year-old and though it hasn’t been reported, I’m assuming the friend is also the one that reported it to police. Investigators are saying they don’t believe this was an isolated incident and other reports say the child actually told police she had been tied up before. The girl was left with rope marks on her arms and redness that indicated she’d been bleeding beneath the skin from the tightness of the ropes. Howe was arrested, but later released two days later after making bail. The mother should have been tossed in the slammer a couple days herself, but there are no reports that she’s facing any charges or anything herself. For fuck’s sake people, it’s a video game, it’ll still be there after the kid goes to sleep for the night and there are no games in jail. At least not any people willingly play.

Thank you to Dee T. and Samantha for the tips.

***Special thanks to Boo Boo Kitty for the write-up.***

  • Skye Brand

    I have to admit to looking at the dog crate some says & wondering if both my kids would fit in it…then I make a cuppa & sit on the lounge & read yet another story about some retarded princess who sits around & waits for a guy to rescue her instead of growing a set & helping herself…i can see how the thought popped into this souche bags head but I fail to see how he actually went through with it!

    • Skye Brand

      Meanwhile, I’m tired & I’m typing like a drunk!

  • Debra Young

    You have the part about Florida right.  I think people here start by trying things out on their animals, then move on to their children.  If they are really lucky, there is a senior in there someone.
    It must be from eating so much meat.  Ever tried to find a veggies/fruits in a Florida Supermarket.  Or, it could be all that Botox in the water supply.

  • Sirkissa

    He looks stoned and that smirk…wonder if he would still have it if HE was tied up for hours? POS.

    • Angel

       I don’t know about stoned…but he definitely looks like he could use a shower.  His hair looks like an advertisement for Crisco.

  • Your_Pal_Nancy

    I know we aren’t supposed to judge someone just based on looks, but since I have this story I’ll just say this guy LOOKS like a slimey, abusive asshole. Unfortunately, I’m sure he’ll be sentenced to parenting classes.

  • Dee

    Just cuz he’s good looking maybe he thinks he can get away with this shit.  Loser!

  • kimbev69

    Wtf is wrong with people

  • Sirkissa

    I’m so mad about this I can’t see straight.

  • Nature Lynn

    More Scum. Look at that smirk on his face. I think the face eating freak in Miami had the wrong mark……

  • Darkangelkiinu

    Oh my god, what an ass.

    My hubby likes his video games as much as the next guy, but I can leave him without worrying that my child might be tied up when I come home! jeesh!

    That poor girl, who ties up a 4yo, seriously?

    • Monique Boulanger

      same here Dark!  Like both my husband and I play video games.  We’ve played games while raising kids through babyhood and toddlerhood and did not EVER resort to tying them up.   I think the worst offense my husband did when I wasn’t home while looking after the kids is, not doing anything on my Honey Do list!  I think I can overlook that since neither of my kids were locked up, tied up, beaten, bloody or dead…but were outside playing with each other while he was doing some yard work.

      Protip:  VIDEO Games do not cause child abuse, just like guns don’t up and kill people.  STUPID people playing video games causes child abuse, and Stupid people using guns kill people.  

      My kids are fed, happy, healthy and well adjusted (as well adjusted as one can be though, she has Aspergers/ she’s well adjusted for HER)  

      Now… *goes back to playing Diablo3*

      • Darkangelkiinu

         I think the “worst” thing he’s done is giving me a break from the middle of the night freakouts/med schedules. He managed this by staying up all night.. I woke up at 3am to find him with our toddler sleeping in his lap while he played some racing game lol :)

    • Angel

       What? That’s wrong? BRB. Gotta go untie the kiddies. Should I remove the duct tape gags too, or is it OK to leave them on?

      Seriously…why tie the kid up? Didn’t she have any toys? If I want my kids to let me have a little quiet time, I either let them watch a movie for a while (OK, if this guy was gaming, that removes that option), let them go in the back yard and play in the sprinkler (weather permitting), or offer them a snack.  It’s amazing what a bowl of watermelon or a PBJ sandwich will do in the quest for peace and quiet…

  • TinaDev

    I have a 4yo daughter, this makes me sick.  WTF is wrong with these deadbeat parents?  My husband likes video games, I admit it (mostly sporting ones, like Madden or Baseball), but he only plays them when my daughter is in bed.  This is disguisting!