Four Arrested For Allegedly Using Stun Gun to Discipline Children: Police

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
July 26, 2016 Updated: July 26, 2016

LAKELAND, Fla. — Authorities in Florida say four adults have been arrested for using a stun gun to discipline children living in their home.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in news release that 22-year-old Eduardo Vazquez and 22-year-old William Torres-Morales were arrested Thursday on aggravated child abuse and other charges.

The report says the suspects admitted using a stun gun to discipline the children, including instances when male children failed to do a certain number of pushups.

The statement indicated seven children had burns consistent with stun-gun injuries.

Deputies say the suspects’ girlfriends, 33-year-old Elizabeth Tarvin and 32-year-old Veronica Sanchez, knew about the abuse but didn’t stop it. The women face charges of negligent child abuse and failure to report child abuse.

The investigation began this month after deputies received a referral from the Department of Children and Families in reference to child abuse allegations. All four suspects were living together at the home.

Two of the children were removed from the home following the allegations. The news release, citing information in affidavits, said one of the children had “fifteen two-prong burns over on his buttocks, that were consistent” with a stun-gun injury.

It’s unclear whether the suspects have attorneys.

“We have 36 separate times when these men admitted to using a stun gun on a child when they could no longer do the pushups,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Monday, according to The Ledger.

“All the children were stunned; they were stunned over and over and over for no reason,” he said. The men had access to the kids for more than a month, Judd added.

Epoch Times contributed to this report.