Aaron de Bruyn, 26, was cited with fourth-degree domestic violence assault Wednesday and was released from the Skamania County Jail Thursday afternoon, said Calvin Owens, police chief in this town about 30 miles up the Columbia River from Portland, Ore.
The argument began Wednesday morning when his 7-month-old son tried to reach behind the family's entertainment system to grab the electrical wires, de Bruyn told The Columbian newspaper of Vancouver.
Fearing the boy would shock himself, he told the boy "no" a couple of times and gave the child a swat on his diapered bottom. De Bruyn said his grandmother-in-law, Rosemary Garlock, told him that was child abuse and threatened to have the child taken away. He said he then told Garlock to leave and she refused.
After an argument that lasted several minutes, he pulled out his Taser stun gun and told her he would use it on her if she didn't leave within 60 seconds. He counted down, and when she didn't leave, he shocked her on her right shoulder as she sat on the living room couch. More.....
I would have done the same thing! That's what granny gets for sticking her nose where it did not belong. This child could have been severely injured, and the father did the right thing.
You got to wonder if granny was senile. To sit, watch and allow a child shock themselves would be "child abuse". The little slap is a reinforcement of the word "NO". Hopefully, in the child's mind a connection is made, that it is bad to touch wires.
I hope this guy gets off easy from the judge. Hopefully he does not get "Shock Probation"!