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Florida Couple Charged With Using Duct Tape, Taser to Discipline Young Girl: Police

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    A Lakeland, Florida couple are accused of child abuse for duct-taping a child's mouth shut and hands together, and using a stun gun as a form of discipline. (Published Friday, Jan. 8, 2016)

    A couple in Lakeland, Florida, was charged with child abuse after allegedly tying up children with duct tape and using a stun gun as a form of discipline, police said.

    NBC affiliate WFLA reported that Yalonda Ashley, 36, and Steven Sanchez, 31, are both facing charges.

    Ashley was accused of duct taping a young girl’s mouth shut and wrists together to discipline the child, according to detectives. Ashley said she did this to “teach her a lesson to keep her hands and feet to herself,” according to an arrest affidavit.

    Witnesses also told WFLA that they saw Sanchez using a stun gun to scare the girl and other children at home, even using it on the child’s bottom.

    When asked for her reaction, Sanchez’s mother told WFLA "It saddens me. It actually makes me cry. My son is not a monster. He is a good dad."