Berea couple accused of locking up children appear in court

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A Madison County couple accused of locking their children inside a bedroom with chains and ropes entered not guilty pleas in court.

The couple has been charged with first degree criminal abuse. 25-year-old Amber Bishop and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Daniel Isaacs, were arraigned in Madison District court Friday morning.

The case has shocked their neighborhood. "It's just devastating. I can't believe someone could do their children that way. It's really sad," said Michelle Hartman, who lives down the street from the Madison County couple.

On Wednesday, two 6-year-olds told social services that their mother had been using ropes and chains to restrict them from leaving their bedroom.

"The kids were being locked up in their rooms at night and weren't able to get out which was actually causing them to go to the bathroom on themselves," said Sgt. Jake Reed with the Berea Police Department.

"The bigger kids were hardly ever outside," Hartman told us Thursday.

When police arrived at Bishop's home on Morgan Street Wednesday afternoon, they found two 6-year-olds, a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old living in "very filthy conditions."

At first, Bishop denied that she had locked her kids up but when investigators actually found the ropes and chains, she changed her story and admitted to it.

Bishop's neighbors say they're both shocked and sickened.

"I would have absolutely turned her in. Safety of children is the most important thing," said Hartman.

When Bishop's boyfriend, Isaacs, was asked about the ropes and chains he also admitted to locking the young children in their bedroom.

Now Isaacs and Bishop are the ones locked up behind bars in the Madison County Detention Center. They will be back in court May 22 for a preliminary hearing.

All four children were removed from the home and placed in protective custody.

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