Police in Lakeland, Fla., have accused a couple of child abuse — alleging the pair duct taped and tased their 10-year-old daughter.
Yalonda Ashley, 36, said in an arrest affidavit that she bound her daughter’s hands and covered her mouth with duct tape to “teach her a lesson to keep her hands and feet to herself.”
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Ashley’s daughter also identified 31-year-old Steven Sanchez as the man who used a stun gun on her rear end. Deputies say the stun gun was used to instill fear among the 12 children living in the home.
“[The unnamed girl] had no complaints about the duct tape, but when we started to interview her and the other children about discipline in general, the victim and the other children disclosed the child had been tased earlier in the week as part of discipline.” Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Carrie Hortsman told WFLA.
Joanne Duncan, Sanchez’s mother, defended her son when approached by NBC.
“This child had problems and he tried, he begged and he cried asking for help and nobody wanted to help him,” she told reporter Josh Thomas.
The Department of Children and Families is investigating, according to CBS.
Reports of child abuse at the Lakeland home come the same week as another case farther south in Sarasota — where a doctor and his attorney wife face abuse charges linked to the caging of a 12-year-old girl.
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