12/24/2013 UPDATE:



A Madison mother, who admitedly tied her son to a bed while she ran errands, has now been charged in Dane County Court. 22 year old Katrena Salmon was in court Monday on a misdemeanor count of child neglect.

During the afternoon of Dec. 17, a snowplow driver found the 2 1/2 year old boy wandering around outside on Sunfish Court, wearing just a tshirt and a diaper that was too small. 

Salmon told police she has tied up her son in the past, because "he gets into everything." But she says she does allow the toddler enough slack so he can reach the t.v.


Madison Police say a 2-year old was found wandering outside in just a diaper Tuesday afternoon.

Police and fire officials were called to Sunfish Court around 2:05 p.m., and started looking for the child's home and relatives.

As they investigated, they discovered that the mother had tied her child to a bed with four-foot long rope while she left to run errands.

The child was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

The mother, 22-year-old Katrena Salmon, was arrested and is accused of neglecting a child.



Incident Type

Check Person

Incident Date

12/17/2013 - 2:05 PM


Sunfish Court


Child's mother: "neglecting a child" state statute 948.21(1)a


2 year old child


On 12/17/13 at approximately 2:05 p.m. both Madison Fire and Madison Police Departments responded to Sunfish Court for a report of a two-year old wandering outside wearing simply a diaper.  A search of the area was performed to find a possible residence for the child and relative.  The child was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.  Through the course of the investigation it was learned that the mother had tied her child to the bed with a four foot long rope while the mother left to run errands elsewhere.