The Lee County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday arrested two people in Bonita Springs on charges of child abuse after their 17-year-old daughter was found chained to a bed.
Neighbors can’t believe what the couple is accused of. Those on Goodwin Street heard the commotion from the home when Jose Samuel Gonzalez, 35, and Yessica Sabala Funes, 37, were arrested at around 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Inside the home, Lee County deputies found a 17-year-old girl crying while chained to a bedpost by her ankle. There was a bucket left by the bed in case she needed to go to the bathroom. This was something noted as a repeated problem.
“It’s really sad, you know, how can people be so cruel like that?” asked neighbor Rian Oliveira.
According to the report, Gonzalez and Funes took the girl’s cell phone so she couldn’t call anyone.
“If I knew something was going on like that, I would probably help her,” Oliveira said.
Help came from a friend. The teenager used her Apple watch to send a message, asking him to call the police.
According to the report, deputies found chain marks on the victim’s ankle. They were minor so she didn’t go to the hospital.
The Department of Children and Families is aware of the case but did not share a statement with us Thursday.
Gonzalez and Funes face charges for cruelty toward a child (abusing a child without great bodily harm).
Both are in custody at the Lee County Jail with no set bond.