Parents often like to tell their children how much tougher it was being a kid in their day, but at least they didn’t have stun guns back then. Four people have been arrested in Lakeland, Florida after authorities learned a taser stun gun was being used to discipline nine children in the home where they lived. Eduardo Vazquez, 22, and William Torres-Morales, 22, were charged with seven counts of aggravated child abuse, tampering with physical evidence and two counts of giving false information to a law enforcement officer as well as contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Their girlfriends Elizabeth Tarvin, 33, and Veronica Sanchez, 32 were also charged with nine counts of negligent child abuse and seven counts of failure to report child abuse.
Local sheriffs received reports of abuse on two boys. Doctors examining them found 10 burn marks on one child’s buttocks and 15 on the other. When they went to the home where the boys lived, authorities found 5 more children there with two pronged burn marks on their buttocks and legs, indicative of taser burns. Torres-Morales and Vazquez initially blamed the kids and then each other before fessing up to the brutal crime. They said the kids needed to be disciplined and were tased when they acted up. They also admitted to making them do push ups and tasing them when they could not complete one. They are being held on almost a half a million dollars bail.