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Claremore couple arrested after police say they posted photo of their baby in laundry bag

Posted at 4:00 PM, Dec 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 05:26:30-05

CLAREMORE, Okla. -- A picture posted on Snapchat landed a couple in jail. 

Paul Chuckluck and Johnnie Gaghins are accused of child abuse after police said they posted a picture of their baby girl hanging from a door knob in a mesh laundry bag. 

Police went to the couple's apartment early Monday morning after they got a tip from an officer in Hominy. He said he saw a picture Gaghins posted on Snapchat that disturbed him, according to the probable cause affidavit. 

"Anytime you have concerns about children, please let us know," Deputy Chief Steve Cox said. 

Police said the photo showed the nine-month-old girl placed inside a mesh laundry bag. The bag was reportedly tied with a knot and hung from a door knob. 

"A picture's a picture, and we understand that," Cox said, "but when you base it on other factors as well, then that's when it can become criminal." 

Police said Chuckluck admitted to placing the baby inside the bag. Officers said Gaghins told them that she thought it was funny, so she took a picture and put it on her Snapchat account. 

Police arrested the couple on a complaint of child abuse. They also booked Chuckluck for two traffic-related warrants. 

The allegations made one of their neighbors, Ronna Melton, struggle with her emotions. 

"I would have been holding my baby, loving on my baby," Melton said. "To do that, that's not love." 

The couple's family members did not want to comment on the allegations when they were reached by phone. 

A judge set bond for Gaghins and Chuckluck at $50,000 during an initial court appearance Monday afternoon. He also ordered that they have no contact with their daughter. They're due back in court on December 22. 

Police said the couple's daughter is now staying with other family members.