Child Forced to Wear Electric Dog Collar Over School Report: Police

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    Danbury Police Department
    Paula and Eduardo Montanez of Danbury are facing charges after allegedly using an electric dog collar to punish a child.

    A Connecticut couple is facing charges in a child abuse case after investigators say one used an electric dog collar to punish a child in his care.

    Eduardo and Paula Montanez, a husband and wife, were arrested Tuesday, five days after a Danbury school employee contacted the Department of Children and Families regarding suspected child abuse.

    A joint investigation by DCF and Danbury police revealed that Eduardo Montanez had used a PetSafe barking collar on a 9-year-old girl in the couple's care. Police said the couple was upset about the girl's progress report, so Montanez put the bark collar around her neck and forced her to bark so the collar would shock her, authorities said.

    It was not clear if the child is the couple's daughter.

    Paula Montanez was reportedly present when it happened and did nothing to stop the abuse, police said.

    According to police, the girl went back to school and told a teacher about her problems at home.

    The victim told police the shock collar incident had only happened once, but marks on her neck indicated it may have occurred more often. She also told investigators the couple had beaten her several times. 

    Eduardo Montanez, 43, was 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.

    Both are due in Danbury Superior Court on Oct. 30. Lawyer information was not immediately available.

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