Bakersfield man accused of restraining son with zip ties pleads not guilty to torture, 5 counts of child cruelty

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man accused of restraining his 7-year-old son with zip ties for up to 10 hours at a time pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of torture and five counts of willful cruelty to a child, according to court records.

William Davis, 32, was ordered held on $600,000 bail and is next due in court July 31.

Deputies were dispatched to Davis’ residence in the 100 block of Beardsley Avenue over the weekend after neighbors reported seeing Davis’ son hopping while bound until he fell, a sheriff’s news release said.

The deputies freed the boy after finding his ankles and wrists bound with zip ties, according to sheriff’s officials No one else was at the residence.

Special Victims Unit investigators were called to the scene and discovered the child was regularly bound by Davis and locked alone in the residence while Davis left to buy marijuana or go to work, sheriff’s officials said.

Also, officials said Davis would repeatedly hit the child with some type of cord. No one else lived at the residence.

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