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Woman arrested for using stun gun to punish young kids in her care

By Mason White 6:42 AM February 2, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested after hurting her cousin’s kids while caring for them, police in Florida said.

Kissimmee Police said that Letina Smith, 41, used an electric weapon to discipline three children, who were placed in her care.

Police were called to the Sunrise Elementary School after a girl misbehaved and begged school officials not to call her caretaker.

After an investigation, they learned that the child was terrified of being punished by her cousin with a stun gun.

Police interviewed the girl and her siblings, 7, 8 and 9-year-old.

They all confirmed that they were often punished by being ordered to sit in a chair-like position next to the wall and were zapped with a pink colored electric device.

The woman referred to the punishment as the “electric chair.”

Smith admitted that she has a stun gun, but claims that she did not touch the children with the weapon.

Smith told police that she held it a few inches away from them when she activated it.

Smith was arrested and charged with three counts of child abuse.

Her bail has been set at $3, platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player