MANATEE — Authorities arrested a Manatee man on a charge he put duct tape around the mouth and hands of a toddler, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.
Gary Bowker, 28, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of child abuse after the child’s guardian found the infant taped. The guardian took a picture of the girl with the tape on her hands and mouth, which detectives took as evidence.
The person told detectives the infant may have been taped for as long as five minutes before being found.
Bowker was being held in the Manatee County jail on $150,000 bond.