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9-year old found hanging from tree, two facing charges

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Lance Gouvan (Courtesy: MassLive.com/The Republican) Lance Gouvan (Courtesy: MassLive.com/The Republican)
Megan Bonny (Courtesy: MassLive.com/The Republican) Megan Bonny (Courtesy: MassLive.com/The Republican)

A couple from Northampton is facing kidnapping and attempted murder charges after allegedly dragging a 9-year old girl by the hair and then hanging her from a tree by a jump rope. She was found with her toes barely touching the ground.

Lance Gouvan, 34, and Megan Bonny, 34, pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon during their arraignment in Northampton District Court. The couple are each charged with attempted murder, kidnapping of a child, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon: a rope, and two charges of assault and battery.

According to police, Gouvan and Bonny approached a 9-year-old girl jump-roping outside the Cutchins Center at 78 Pomeroy Terrace at about 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Police said Bonny instructed Gouvan to tie the victim to a tree. Gouvan dragged the victim by her hair some 20 feet and tied the jump-rope tightly around her neck and hanged her from the tree, police said. She was able to stand on her toes.

A staff member returning to the scene discovered the girl. She later identified the suspects, who police arrested after a 90 minute search.

They are being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

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