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Four adults arrested for using stun gun on children as form of punishment

July 27, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Four adults arrested for using stun gun on children as form of punishment

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Authorities in Florida announced that four adults had been arrested for using a stun gun to punish children living in their home.

In a news release, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said that Eduardo Vazquez, 22, and William Torres-Morales, 22, were apprehended Thursday on charges which included aggravated child abuse.

The statement released by the sheriff’s office also revealed that seven children had burns consistent with stun gun wounds.

According to the NBC4, the suspects’ girlfriends, Elizabeth Tarvin, 33, and Veronica Sanchez, 32, were aware of the abuse but made no effort to stop it. The women are currently facing charges of failure to report child abuse and negligent child abuse.

The sheriff’s office launched the investigation after receiving information in a referral from the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) regarding allegations of child abuse against nine children ranging in ages from 7 to 13.

Officials said DCF removed two of the children, ages 8 and 11, from the home after discovering they had “patterned bruises and burns” and multiple “two-prong” burns on their buttocks.

During one examination, doctors found one child had 15 two-prong burns over his buttocks, which investigators said are consistent with the effects of a stun gun.

Arrest documents indicate that the suspects confessed to using a stun gun to discipline the children. They even admitted to using the stun gun when the male children living in the home could not do a certain number of pushups.

A judge ordered Sanchez held on $62,000 bond, while the other three are being held on bonds of $455,000. It is not clear whether the suspects have attorneys.

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