David & Peggy Ingram Overreacted

September 15, 2008 at 8:30 am by  

Bradenton, FL – I understand how really annoying teenagers can be.  Sometimes raising a teenage girl means you really just want to lock ’em up and throw away the key.  But I think David Ingram, 48, and his wife Peggy Ingram, 51, overreacted on Friday night.

Now the Ingram’s 17-year-old daughter is in the hospital with a skull fracture, which she sustained after freeing herself from the trunk of the family car.  Oh, yeah.. the car was moving at the time.   And the girl’s wrists and ankles had been bound with duct tape.  And the girl’s head and face had been covered.    Denizens, that does not sound like “you’re grounded” to me. 

At about 11:00 p.m. Friday night, the girl managed to get a hand out of the duct tape handcuffs and then remove the hood over her face and the bonds around her ankles.  Her parents were driving the car, but the girl didn’t know where they were going.

Once she’d regained some movement, the girl kept her cool and was able to find the trunk’s release cord – a move that, in my opinion, probably saved her life.  I cannot imagine any good or healthy reason that both parents would bind a child, cover her face, put her in the car trunk in Florida in late summer at night, and start driving.   I’m betting there was a gun, or she was going to be strangled, and her parents were going to tell people she’d run away.

The release cord popped the trunk and the girl carefully crawled out of the moving car and dropped herself to the pavement.  She suffered cuts, bruises, and a rather nasty skull fracture, but did manage to attract enough attention to get help.  The girl was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, but was then transferred to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg due to the severity of her head injury.  Her condition this morning is listed as “guarded”, and her name is not being released.

Upon questioning by police, both David and Peggy Ingram admitted to the binding and putting their daughter in the trunk, although they refused to give a motive or talk about what they were planning to do with the girl.  Both Ingrams were charged with aggravated child abuse and false imprisonment.  On Sunday, the couple was released from Manatee County Jail after posting $7,000 bail each.

Here’s hoping there’s a bond condition keeping them away from their daughter.  I’d hate for that child to have a “little accident” in the hospital.

So Jaded went “WTH?” in our forums – thanks!

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