Crime

4 Adults Charged For Burning Kids With Stun Guns

| by Zara Zhi
(L-R) Veronica Sanchez, Elizabeth Tarvin, Eduardo Vazquez and William Torres (L-R) Veronica Sanchez, Elizabeth Tarvin, Eduardo Vazquez and William Torres

Two Florida men have been arrested for child abuse and other charges.

Sheriff's detectives said Eduardo Vazquez and William Torres-Morales, both 22, used a stun gun on seven children at their home in Polk County.

Investigators said the two men confessed to using the device on the youngsters as a form of discipline when some of the minors failed to complete enough pushups.

Detectives said the stun gun left burns and bruises on the kids, reports Bay News 9.

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"That's ridiculous. That's ridiculous," neighbor Frank Kirchon said when reporters told him about the accusations. "There is no excuse to do that to any child."

Kirchon said he would often see the kids playing in the street and that they were not a problem in the mobile home community.

Authorities have also detained two women who lived in the home. They said Elizabeth Tarvin, 33, and Veronica Sanchez, 32, knew that the men were using a stun gun on the children but didn’t do anything to halt it and never reported the abuse, reports New York Daily News.

"The mothers, that breaks my heart," said neighbor Mary Smith. "Breaks my heart to hear that."

"They ought to be put away and never let out," Kirchon said.

In the midst of other charges, Vazquez and Torres-Morales were each hit with nine counts of contributing to crimes against minors and seven counts of aggravated child abuse.

Tarvin and Sanchez were charged with nine counts each of contributing to the delinquency of minors and nine counts each of negligent child abuse, among other charges.

The suspects are being held on bonds ranging from $62,000 to $544,000.

Sources: Bay News 9, New York Daily News / Photo credit: Polk County Sheriff's Office via New York Daily News

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