Reported By: Britt L
A 52-year-old Utah woman has been accused of punishing two of her adopted children who have special needs by shocking them repeatedly with an electric dog collar.
On Wednesday, the woman who hasn’t been named for the protection of her children, was charged with abuse of a disabled child and abuse of a vulnerable adult in Cache County, Utah. The alleged cruelty was done to the woman’s 17-year-old adopted daughter and 20-year-old son.
The unidentified woman has at least seven more children, all of whom are adopted.
The 17-year-old old daughter informed student aid at her school that her mother used a “behavior band” on her before authorities were notified of the alleged abuse. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that officials asked the young girl to explain the band. She drew up an image of a collar, similar to one used to give dogs electric shocks for being disobedient.
“She explained her mom put it on her (arm) when she’s acting up or when she hits one of her siblings,” said Andrew McAdams, a Cache County attorney.
“She also disclosed that her 20-year-old brother, also a disabled adult, also adopted, that (their mother) puts it on him as well,” added McAdams.
A day later, the girl returned to school and told teachers the whole story was a fib, but eventually broke down and revealed that her mother made her lie. Her mother was trying to adopt another child and the alleged abuse was ruining her chances, said the young girl. The Division of Child and Family Services has a pending case on the family because of the alleged incident.
Attorney McAdams has stated that there is no indication that the supposed collar has been used on the woman’s other seven adopted children. However, she has been charged with abuse or neglect of a disabled child, abuse of a vulnerable adult, child abuse and tampering with a witness.
She could face up to five years in prison if convicted.