Neighbors shocked after Bonita Springs parents arrested for child abuse charges

Reporter: Dannielle Garcia Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Suspects Yessica Sabala Funes, 37, and Jose Samuel Gonzalez, 35. Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Parents in Bonita Springs are facing charges after their teenage daughter says they chained her to the bed.

We learned Friday suspects Yessica Sabala Funes, 37, and Jose Samuel Gonzalez, 35, are the parents of a 17-year-old girl, who was found Wednesday by Lee County Sheriff’s Office with a chain around her ankle and tied to a bed at their home.

Lee County deputies responded to the home in Bonita Springs after the girl used her Apple Watch to text a friend to call 911.

Arresting Lee County deputies say the girl’s parents chained their daughter to the bed so she couldn’t run away. They took her phone left behind a bucket just in case she needed to go to the bathroom.

Neighbors, many of them parents themselves, are upset after hearing what happened here.

“I can’t believe that happened,” neighbor Veronica Mendez said. “Me and my husband and my mom were really shocked.”

Funes became visibly emotional when the judge set bond under the condition she and Gonzalez could not have contact with their daughter. It’s not confirmed if the two are legally married.

“It’s really sad people can be doing that nowadays,” Mendez said. “You never know what can happen behind the doors in each house.”

Both Funes and Gonzalez face charges for cruelty toward a child (abusing a child without great bodily harm).

The two remain in Lee County Jail with bond set at $5,000 for each of them.

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