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Parents accused of locking teen in chicken coop bond out

1:20 PM, Jul 11, 2012   |    comments
Diana and Samuel Franklin have been charged with multiple counts of 1st degree cruelty to children and false imprisonment. (WMAZ Macon)
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BUTLER, Ga. -- A middle Georgia mom and dad accused of locking their daughter up and zapping her with an electric dog collar have bonded out of jail, hours after their arrest.

Diana and Samuel Franklin are accused of locking their 15-year-old daughter in a chicken coop, an outhouse and a storage building. The teen told investigators her parents also used the shock collar to punish her, according to GBI Special Agent in Charge Wayne Smith.

Diana Franklin faces 12 counts of first-degree cruelty to children and four counts of false imprisonment. Her husband is charged with eight counts of first-degree cruelty to children and eight counts of false imprisonment.

Smith said the two were freed on $5,000 bond for each charge.

Agent Smith said when authorities arrested the couple at their Taylor County home earlier Tuesday, they saw an electric collar in plain sight on a table and were able to collect it as evidence. Smith said they were unable to find the collar during an initial search of the home on June 4.

Smith told WMAZ Macon the Franklins are refusing to talk to investigators. He said they are only communicating through their lawyer, Kevin Bradley of Macon. Bradley could not be reached for comment.

The couple has three other children, all boys. Smith said one is 17 years old and still lives at home, and the other two are college age.

(WMAZ Macon)

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