crimesider

Picture of duct-taped toddler gets Pa. mother caira ferguson arrested

Duct-Taped Toddler (MediaTakeout)
Picture of Duct-Taped Toddler Gets Pa. Mother Caira Ferguson Arrested
Duct-Taped Toddler (MediaTakeout)

(CBS/KYW/AP) Pennsylvania mother Caira Ferguson is being held without bail after what police call a "disgusting and deplorable" picture led them to file child endangerment and other charges.

The picture shows a toddler, wearing only a diaper, bound to a chair with her mouth, hands and feet duct taped. A woman, who police say is the one-year-old's mother, is also seen in the picture sitting next to the girl, according to CBS affiliate KYW.

Authorities say multiple agencies are investigating the incident, including police in Chester Township where the 21-year-old Ferguson lives.

When questioned by police, sources say Ferguson admitted she is the woman in the picture, stating the picture was not taken as a joke, but failed to explain why or who took the picture, KYW reported.

Ferguson went to police earlier this month to complain that her identity had been stolen and someone had posted a photo online of her young daughter bound to a chair with duct tape covering her mouth.

"No, I did not duct tape my child," Ferguson said as she was led away to jail in handcuffs Wednesday afternoon.

Ferguson's mother says she thinks another child was responsible.

The toddler is in custody of child welfare workers.