Dad tied up daughter and put her in a dog cage

James Tapke

James Tapke

A Cincinnati man is charged with tying his 12-year-old daughter by her hands and feet with duct tape and placing her in a dog cage. Ha also threatened to electrify the crate as punishment for her bad behavior.

James Tapke, 41, was charged on January 19th with child endangering. His attorney, Christopher Jackson, told a judge that the incident was “some horseplay” and a joke that “got out of control.”

Police said the girl’s 13-year-old brother let her out after about 20 minutes, but their father put her back in after she poured water on his head.

Police also said that Tapke and the girl’s brother took pictures of her while she was in the cage and that the boy posted them to Facebook. Police said the pictures were later deleted.

The children are in their grandparents’ care, authorities said.

Parents take a bite out of Apple

I grew up using the Commodore 64, Apple 2e and 286 computer running DOS. I’ve used every version of Windows, owned dozens of PCs, rebuilt them and taught others how to use them. I have even owned my own business building web sites and today my primary job is updating my works web and social media sites. Yet even though I am over 40 and a dad I too fell into the stereotypical thinking, my parents cannot figure out computers.

Recently I was surprise when my mom and dad, within two weeks of one another, started talking about iPads.

First of all my parents are divorced, live in different states and do not talk to one another. So the timing alone was strange.

My Dad, when he was in the military used computers but only as a clerical tool. Now retired he uses his home PC only a couple of days a week. Checking email and occasionally surfing the web.

Mom has never had or used a computer, unless you count the Wii Fit collecting dust in the corner of the living room. Once or twice a year though she will asked about computers but never go as far as actually to look into getting one.

Dad was first to let me know he had an iPad when I received a blank email from him with the signature line, “Sent from my iPad 2.” At first I thought it was a joke so when I contacted him, dad said he was playing with the email app. He continued to tell me that his decision to get an iPad was so he could read, check email and Skype with his kids and grandkids.

Skype?  Wow I was impressed.

Mom is still in the asking phase. She tells me that the Air Base Exchange has iPad 2’s for $389. Also when you buy Items on a military base it’s tax free. So that would be an additional savings.

My mom is old school. She reads books, watches little TV, has trouble with her flip phone and knows very little about computers. I’ve tried to teach her but she gets easily frustrated and uninterested after a while.

In the end I do not think she will get an iPad, even with the tax free price it’s still a lot of money for her. I do give my mom kudos on interest and asking about the iPad but I think she is just getting caught up in the hype and the fact that she can get a good price on one.

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