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2-year-old duct taped, doused at campground, police say

PERU, Ind. – The father and grandmother of a 2-year-old girl face battery and child neglect charges for allegedly duct-taping the child’s mouth and drenching her with cold water during a camping trip.

Conservation officers were called to Mississinewa Reservoir’s campground after witnesses reported 31-year-old Craig Minarik and 53-year-old Linda Black were mistreating the girl. The Peru residents allegedly duct-taped the child’s mouth shut as punishment and then tore the tape off, causing the child to scream.

Police reports say Minarik and Black also poured cold water from a camp spigot over the child’s head and that Minarik shoved his daughter backward into a tent.

The Kokomo Tribune reports ( that Minarik and Black were arrested Saturday on felony charges of battery and child neglect. They remain jailed at the Miami County jail.