BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI) - What Tippecanoe County deputies saw on June 20 led to the arrests of Shannon Paul Breaux and his girlfriend, Ashley Stigers.
Inside their home on Warrior Drive, deputies found a cloth-like restraint system in the living room, according to court documents.
When Stigers, 32, was asked about the device, she said her boyfriend, Shannon Breaux, 33, would place a child in it to show the child what would happen if they got in trouble when they grew up.
Investigators also spoke to the child who told police Breaux tortured him by grabbing a rope, placing it around his neck, strapping his feet and then buckling his hands behind his back.
The child said Breaux would leave him and another child in the garage with the lights off while they were tied up.
He said Breaux would do this when he did things like run, not talk to Breaux or not do his chores.
The boy said when he moved his feet, the device would choke him.
He said Stigers was there when it happened.
The other child told police the same story.
According to deputies, Breaux admitted to putting restraints on the children but said he didn't do it as a punishment. He said when the kids would complain it was too tight, he took it off.
However, he did tell investigators he placed one of the children in the device to show her what it would be like to get arrested because she was not listening to him.
Both children are under the age of 14 years old.
Investigators determined the device involved was designed so that when someone was bound in it, the more the person moved their arms and legs, the tighter the device would get around the neck.
Stigers was arrested on a preliminary charge of neglect of a dependent. She bonded out of the Tippecanoe County Jail Wednesday.
Breaux is currently at the Tippecanoe County Jail on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent, battery by strangulation and criminal confinement. He had his initial hearing Thursday. Prosecutors have requested to put Breaux on a 72- hour hold before deciding official charges.