JASPER, Texas (AP) _ A couple is accused of binding a 4-year-old boy with duct tape at a day care facility and then dangling him over a trash bin as a form of punishment, police said.
George Block, 48, and his wife, Julia Block, 47, manager of the Young Years Day Care Center in Jasper, were charged with child endangerment.
They each face up to two years in state jail if convicted.
According to an arrest affidavit, George Block bound the 4-year-old's wrists and feet on March 3 with duct tape before dangling him over a "metal trash dumpster" at the day care center.
Court papers say Julia Block approved her husband's actions as discipline for the boy "after a day of very disruptive behavior." George Block does not work at the day care center.
The 5-foot-10, 240-pound George Block is known at the facility as "Bigfoot."
The boy told child abuse investigators that "Bigfoot" wrapped his wrists and ankles with tape and held him over a large trash receptacle, according to court papers.
Police said they don't believe race played a role in the alleged incident.
The Blocks are white and the child in the case is black.
The Blocks declined to comment after being released Friday from the Jasper County Jail on $5,000 bond each.
One of the owners of the day care center, Walter L. Bailey Jr. said Friday he knew little about the accusations.
George Block has a previous misdemeanor assault conviction in Orange County, getting probation in that case, according to court records.
If Julia Block is not convicted of criminal charges in the case, she could still be banned from working in child care if state regulators find reason to believe the allegations are true, according to state officials.
Shari Pulliam, spokeswoman for the local office of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said it did not appear the facility's owners were at fault.
But the incident could lead to increased oversight for the day care by state regulators, she said.
The day care has had trouble meeting state standards in the past, including not checking employee backgrounds and failing to maintain required student-staff ratios, according to state records.
Information from: The Beaumont Enterprise, www.beaumontenterprise.com
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.