LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — 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. They range in age from 7 to 13 years old.
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.
It’s unclear whether the suspects have attorneys.