Thursday, November 19, 2009

10 year old girl Tasered for not taking a shower

Cop uses Taser on 'unruly' 10-year-old

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  • Girl, 10, Tasered in her home
  • She wouldn't take a shower
  • Mum gave permission

A US police officer used a Taser stun gun to subdue a "combative" 10-year-old girl in her own home because she refused to take a shower.

In a report on the incident the officer, Dustin Bradshaw, said he was called to the home, in Ozark, Arkansas, on November 11 because of a domestic disturbance.

He said when he arrived the girl was curled up on the floor, screaming, and resisting as her mother tried to get her in the shower before bed.

"Her mother told me to take her if I needed to," the officer wrote.

But he said the girl was violent and combative when he tried to take her into custody, so he delivered "a very brief" touch of a stun gun to her back, Britain's Daily Telegraph reports.

He said the mother gave him permission to use the Taser.

Ozark Mayor Vernon McDaniel says the girl wasn't injured and is now at a youth shelter.

But Mr McDaniel said he wanted the state police or the FBI to investigate the incident.

The girl's father, Anthony Medlock, who is divorced from her mother, said the girl showed signs of emotional problems but did not deserve to be "treated like an animal", according to the Daily Telegraph.

He said: "Ten years old and they shot electricity through her body, and I want to know how the heck in God's green earth can they get away with this. "

- With the The Courier-Mail

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