Prosecutors have charged a 30 year-old Columbus woman who allegedly tied up her 5-year-old daughter and locked her in a closet. Heidi Duesing-Christensen faces felony counts of child enticement, physical abuse of a child, child neglect, second-degree reckless endangerment and one count of bail jumping.
Investigators allege Duesing-Christensen also struck the girl, and locked her in a bedroom all day without food or use of a bathroom. She’s also accused of giving the girl an overdose of cold and allergy medicine to try to get her to sleep. Duesing-Christensen was in court Monday and was released on $2,000 bail. She could serve up to 29 years in prison if convicted. Most of the abuse was noted when Duesing-Christensen sent her 5-year-old to live with her estranged husband in Arizona.