Eduardo And Paula Montanez Face Assault, Cruelty Charges

DANBURY, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Danbury couple used an electric dog collar to punish a 9-year-old girl who was in their care, police said.

Eduardo Montanez, 43, was arrested Tuesday and is being held on $250,000 bond on charges that include third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and cruelty. His wife, Paula Montanez, 34, is being held on $200,000 bond on charges that include risk of injury to a child, conspiracy to commit third-degree assault and conspiracy to commit cruelty.

According to the Danbury News Times, police believe the couple disciplined the girl with a sound-activated shock collar normally used to train dogs. Authorities began investigating after a school employee alerted them to possible abuse.

The suspects are scheduled to appear Wednesday in Danbury Superior Court. It’s not immediately known who’s representing them.

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