(2014-04-01) INDIANA cops taser 10-year-old at day care [[child tasered]]

Published on April 1 2014 by admin


New York Daily News, by Lindsay Goldwert

Indiana police say two officers have been placed on administrative suspension after they used a stun gun on an unruly child at a home day care.

A news release from the mayor’s office and the Martinsville Police Department said the officers responded to reports of a 10-year-old who was out of control at Tender Teddies Day Care Tuesday night, reports WRTV in Indianapolis.

Martinsville police say the officers visited the home in response to a call that the boy was being combative and trying to harm other children and caretakers.

It was not their first visit to the home on such reports.

The department says that when the officers arrived the boy was out of control, hitting and kicking and refusing to listen to them.

The department says the officers used a stun gun and slapped the boy to subdue him.

The chief said the boy cried after being shocked on Tuesday but is now fine, WRTV reports.

Martinsville Police Chief Jon Davis said Thursday that he believes two of his officers could have avoided using the stun gun on the 94-pound boy.

The day care’s owner, Heath Lancaster, did not comment on the case on Wednesday, saying only that it was in the hands of the Department of Child Services and police.



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