Woman pleads guilty to abuse

Published 12:31 pm Monday, March 19, 2018

A Winchester woman charged with tying her 2-year-old grandchild to the bed at night pleaded guilty to an abuse charge Thursday.

Francis “Janie” Purvis, 60, of 2 Linden Lane, was arrested in June 2017 for a single count of first-degree criminal abuse. Purvis pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal abuse Thursday in Clark Circuit Court. Prosecutors recommended she be sentenced to the maximum of five years in prison.

During the hearing Thursday, Purvis and her attorney Cole Maier said the grandchild had special needs and would often get up during the night and turn on the stove. Purvis said she did it to keep the child from getting hurt. Maier said Purvis realized in hindsight that it was not the best solution.

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Witnesses told Winchester Police that Purvis used nylon rope and an electrical cord to tie the child to the bed. They also told police the child was unable to move in the bed as a result.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Heidi Engel said the restraints were tied around the frame of the bed.

Her co-defendant, Carl D. Miller, 58, also pleaded guilty Thursday to complicity to second-degree criminal abuse. Miller said he was in the home and knew what was going on. He was charged for allegedly not stopping it.

Prosecutors recommended Miller be sentenced to two years.

Both are scheduled to be sentenced April 12 by Clark Circuit Judge Jean Chenault Logue.

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