Attorney On 9-Year-Old Alleged Victim: 'Yes, I Think She Made It Up'

DANBURY, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Danbury, Conn. man and woman appeared in court Wednesday, on charges that the man used an electric dog collar to punish a girl in his care.

As 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported, the 9-year-old girl apparently told her teacher that her stepfather was punishing her for doing poorly in school by using the dog shock collar on her neck.

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But her father’s defense attorney has a theory.

“I don’t think that these people did anything to these kids to hurt them,” he said. “Yes, I think she made it up.”

Eduardo Montanez, 43, was arrested Tuesday and was ordered 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, was 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.

Police said she did nothing to intervene.

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From the family’s apartment building, a neighbor called it unbelievable.

“It’s absolutely crazy. It really is,” a woman said. “No parent should ever go that far.”

The girl and her two siblings were taken into state custody.

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