A young girl is in state custody, and a Connecticut couple is facing charges of child abuse after investigators say one used an electric dog collar to punish her.
NBC News reports Eduardo and Paula Montanez, a husband and wife who live in Danbury, Conn., were arrested on Tuesday, five days after a Danbury school employee contacted the state Department of Children and Families because of suspected child abuse.
According to the report, a joint investigation by DCF and Danbury police revealed that Eduardo Montanez had used a “PetSafe barking collar” on the 9-year-old girl because the couple was upset over her progress report.
So upset that “Montanez put the bark collar around her neck and forced her to bark so the collar would shock her,” according to authorities.
Paula Montanez was reportedly present when it happened and did nothing to stop the abuse, police said. It's not clear if the child is the couple's daughter.
“The victim told police the shock collar incident had only happened once, but marks on her neck indicated it might have occurred more often. She also told investigators the couple had beaten her several times but did not specify when the beatings took place, police said.”
Eduardo Montanez, 43, was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, two counts of risk of injury to a minor and cruelty to a person. He was held on a $250,000 bond.
Paula Montanez, 34, was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor, conspiracy to commit third-degree assault and conspiracy to commit cruelty to a person. Her bond was set at $200,000.